Dermot O'Leary addresses 'tricky' rumours he's replacing Eamonn and Ruth

Dermot O’Leary has addressed the rumours that he and Alison Hammond will be replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Eamonn and Ruth, who regularly present Friday’s instalment of the show, would be replaced by Dermot and Alison.

It’s said that the duo impressed ITV bosses when they teamed up to present This Morning over the summer while Holly and Phillip had a six-week break.

TV host and radio DJ Dermot has now spoken out about the claims, and explained that while he would love to do more presenting on This Morning, ‘nothing has been confirmed yet’.

Addressing the recent reports in an interview with Ireland AM on Thursday, Dermot was asked if we were going to be seeing him more on This Morning.

‘Of course,’ he replied. ‘I hope so, but like you said it is always tricky when there are colleagues and friends involved.

‘There’s nothing confirmed yet, but you know, we enjoyed doing the summer, so we’d like to do more.’

‘But at the same time, you don’t want to tread on anyone’s toes or treat anyone badly,’ he added.

‘So you’re always sort of caught between a rock and a hard place on that sort of stuff.’

It comes after ITV denied reports that Eamonn and Ruth were being pulled from This Morning with a spokesperson telling in a statement: ‘We have a stellar presenting line up on This Morning in Holly and Phillip and Eamonn and Ruth.

‘Any additions to this line up will be announced in due course.’

Former This Morning presenter Fern Britton also recently responded to the rumours of Ruth and Eamonn’s ‘axing’ from the ITV show, expressing her shock on Twitter.

After retweeting a story about their supposed removal from their typical slot, Fern tweeted: ‘Oh no?’

Amid the rumours they were being replaced, the couple returned to This Morning on Friday to present the show in their usual slot.

The duo have yet to respond publicly to the reports, although during an Instagram live on Monday, Eamonn opened up about how online trolls can ‘get you sacked from TV’.

‘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,’ he said.

‘They know how to get you sacked, they know how to do it, they know how to go about the process of doing it, so obviously it can be very stressful at times.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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