EAMONN Holmes took a pop at This Morning bosses live on air during his final Friday show yesterday after being axed.
He also told friends he was tired of “office politics”.
Pals close to the presenter said he was gutted to learn he was being relegated to just holiday cover for the ITV show with wife Ruth Langsford.
During yesterday’s episode, Eamonn, 61, referenced the shift and compared himself to a cut-price Christmas tree.
Adjusting his glasses and speaking to Ruth, 60, Eamonn said: “Do you know what I saw yesterday? Outside the opticians was a man selling Christmas trees, discounting them by half price.”
She replied: “They’re struggling to get rid of them, I suppose.”
Without a hint of irony, Eamonn then said: “I would say so darling. That’s the obvious conclusion. Which is why they’re getting rid of us on a Friday now.”
Ruth quickly shut him up and changed the subject. Insiders said Eamonn could not help but make the comment after telling friends he was upset about the decision.
A pal said: “Eamonn understands things change in broadcasting — he’s an old hand at this now.
“But the situation at This Morning has felt fraught for a while and the office politics surrounding their future has been bubbling away under the surface.
“He was gutted to be moved from the Friday slot with Ruth.
"There was no malice with his comment on air, it was more just an expression of sadness.”
Alison Hammond, 45,and Dermot O’Leary, 47, will take over their Friday spot in January.
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