Eamonn Holmes says trolls campaigned to get him sacked from This Morning

DEMOTED This Morning presenter Eammon Holmes found it "stressful" to do his job as social media trolls tried to oust him.

Eamonn and his wife Ruth Langsford got the flick from their Friday This Morning hosting duties and will be replace by fan favourite Allison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.

The 60-year-old was "furious and upset" at the decision even though the pair will still host the holiday shows in Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby's absence.

But Eamonn has opened up about the social media campaign he believed led him to losing his Friday morning gig.

"People say it’s water off a duck’s back but people wake up and they know they can get you sacked… that’s the thing about live TV. It can be very stressful,” he said on Facebook chat with Belfast Live.

The long-serving TV duo are reportedly "furious and upset" after being dropped from This Morning after 14 years.


An insider told The Mirror: "Eamonn is pretty furious and everyone feels for him and Ruth, they are well liked on the team, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made."

A TV insider previously told The Sun that Eamonn feared he was "too pale, stale and male" to remain a regular face on This Morning for much longer.

They explained: "Eamonn and Ruth are incredibly popular with viewers and loved across the board.

"No one wants to see them go. The shows execs have some very tricky decisions. Eamonn fears he is basically too ‘pale, stale and male’, and, at 60, perhaps not in line with the youth drive broadcasters are after.

"One possibility is to keep the couple on as regular holiday cover but lose their regular Friday slot."

News of the reshuffle comes after ITV chief Carolyn McCall sent an email outlining her accelerated diversity and inclusion plan.

Network insiders were worried about a repeat of “Sue Barker-gate” after the former tennis champ, 64, lost her job fronting Question Of Sport for the BBC.

One said: “It’ll look terrible if they give Ruth and Eamonn the boot.

“Many of our viewers are older or retired, and rely on them to provide some cheer of a morning.”

Ruth will continue her presenting roles on Loose Women where she remains very popular.

Alison and Dermott previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.

 

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