EAMONN Holmes and Ruth Langsford are “furious and upset” after being dropped from This Morning after 14 years.
The fan favourites are being replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary – with The Sun revealing in September that the couple feared getting the chop.
The long-serving TV duo have presented Friday’s episode of the daytime show since 2006 – but they will now only be called in for the summer holidays when main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take their six-week break.
The pair previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.
However, the news hasn’t gone down well with Eamonn and Ruth – who have been left hurt by the decision.
A source shared: “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.”
Speaking of Alison and Dermot, the source added to The Mirror: “They have real warmth. It’s time for change and they are perfect.”
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.”
But This Morning bosses are determined to move ahead with the swap after launching an internal investigation into the diversity of the programme.
And with Holly and Phil considered “untouchable”, it is Eamonn and Ruth who have been impacted by the shake-up.