Dermot O'Leary on 'tricky' This Morning rumours and not wanting to 'tread on anyones toes'

Danny Thompson
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Presenter Dermot O'Leary poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Presenter Dermot O'Leary at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019 (Photo TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Dermot O’Leary has commented on the rumours he and Alison Hammond are set to replace ITV stalwarts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on This Morning.

Though it has yet to be confirmed by TV bosses, it was reported earlier in the month that husband and wife duo Langsford and Holmes are to be replaced for their usual Friday slot on the mid-morning show.

Though ITV have stated no decisions have been made, it is thought O’Leary and Hammond, who stood in for regular presenters occasionally during the summer, will take over.

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Now O’Leary has made reference to the rumours in a Irish TV interview on Thursday.

Asked about the reports in an interview with Ireland AM, he said: "It is always tricky when there are colleagues and friends involved.

Dermot O'Leary talks to presenters on Ireland AM (credit: Ireland AM/Virgin Media One)
Dermot O'Leary talks to presenters on Ireland AM (credit: Ireland AM/Virgin Media One)

"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, so you’re always sort of caught between a rock and a hard place on that sort of stuff."

A statement from ITV addressing the rumours last week read: "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."

 Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes and Alison Hammond with the Daytime award during the National Television Awards held at The O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes and Alison Hammond with the Daytime award during the National Television Awards, January 2019 in London. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Langsford and Holmes joined This Morning in 2006 and their comfortable co-presenting style has proven popular with viewers.

Langsford spoke about their presenting dynamic earlier this month.

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Speaking on White Wine Question Time, she told host Kate Thornton: “Co-presenting generally is a lovely experience, but it can be hard because you've got to allow that other person in.

“It's quite like two people trying to drive a car. It's like you're breaking, they're accelerating. It is quite the dance, but it's a dance that I love, and we've been doing it for years. As much as we sometimes get on each other's nerves… I still love working with him.”

Watch: Tension between Ruth and Eamonn on This Morning