Eamonn Holmes claims ‘trolls tried to get him sacked from This Morning’ and admits live TV is ‘stressful’11/16/2020
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After Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford were reportedly dropped from their presenting duties on This Morning, the ITV star opened up about trolls trying to get him sacked.
The former GMTV presenter, who recently broke his silence after his reported This Morning axe with a tribute to Des O'Connor, revealed that plots by trolls to have him fired can be "very stressful."
Speaking to fans in a Facebook chat with Belfast live, the 60 year old said: "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 explained.
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Eamonn's comments comes as he and wife Ruth, 60, have reportedly been axed from their Friday hosting duties on the daytime programme.
The couple have been presenting on Fridays for the last 14 years, but will continue to fill in for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby when they are on holiday.
Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will reportedly be replacing the pair after impressing with their guest stints.
Eamonn and Ruth, who have shared the secret to their happy marriage, have been reportedly left "furious and upset" at the decision from ITV bosses.
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A source 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.
"Eamonn and Ruth are incredibly popular with viewers and loved across the board.
"No one wants to see them go. The show execs have some very tricky decisions," the insider continued.
"Eamonn fears he is basically too 'pale, stale and male', and, at 60, perhaps not in line with the youth drive broadcasters are after."
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At a press conference in July, ITV's chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said she was working to "change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and other underrepresented groups".
In a previous interview, when asked if she was worried about losing her job, Ruth said: "Not really. I don't think about it. I just get on with it and do my job.
"I’m not in control of those things and I am a firm believer in not worrying about things you can’t control."
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