This Morning host Eamonn Holmes shocks viewers with on-air rant over him and wife Ruth Langsford being axed on last day

This Morning host Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford are being replaced by Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond on Fridays.

This Morning Host Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford attend the launch of This Morning Live at The London Television Centre, London
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This Morning host Eamonn Holmes surprised viewers with an on-air rant about being axed as he and wife Ruth Langsford hosted their last-ever Friday show.

The 61-year-old broadcaster said ITV bosses were "getting rid of us" as he linked getting the chop to seeing half-price Christmas trees outside his local opticians.

Eamonn told Ruth, 60, "Do you know what I saw yesterday? Outside the opticians was a man selling Christmas trees, discounting them by half price."

His wife replied, "They're struggling to get rid of them, I suppose."

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Eamonn told her, "I would say so, darling. That's the obvious conclusion. Which is why they're getting rid of us on a Friday now - after all this sort of chat."

She added, "Oh stop it" before continuing with the rest of the show,

And fans are shocked at his outburst. One fan tweeted, "Eamonn has gone rogue on his last day @thismorning" another put, "Gutted that it looks to be and last for a while. They’re great hosts and their partnership is brilliant. You’ll be missed on Fridays! #ThisMorning @EamonnHolmes @RuthieeL @thismorning'

And a third added, "@EamonnHolmes is getting stick for his so called outburst today, well can you honestly blame him. Still allowed to speak your mind @thismorning."

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Ahead of their last show, Eamonn tweeted thanks to fans for their support, it read, "We bow out of 15 years of our Friday slot on This Morning today. Thanks for the memories hope we made some for you too. Until February, may it be a happy Christmas to you all.”

The pair are set to cover Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the February half-term when they will return to the sofa to host the daily show.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.