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Veteran TV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been told to keep quiet about their axing from This Morning, according to reports.
Sources claim the presenters, aged 61 and 60, have been advised to not address losing their slot on the ITV programme to avoid missing out on more work gigs.
The duo – who have been replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary – marked their final ever Friday show just a couple of days ago.
Since departing the popular show the pair have since expressed their gratitude towards fans for their overwhelming support following their demotions.
A source told The Sun: “Ruth and Eamonn are obviously upset and feel humiliated about being put out to pasture.
“But they've been advised to keep schtum or risk losing more work. It could damage their brand if they lash out.”
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The news comes just a day after Eamonn spoke out and directly addressed his fans in a video.
In the video which was posted on Instagram, Eamonn said: “Hi everyone, just want to say something to you all from the bottom of my heart and that is thank you.
“Ruth and I have been overwhelmed yesterday and today by the amount of messages and we'll be replying via social media, by emails, by texts, by Whatsapp, by whatever way we can.
“But can I just generally say thank you, thank you, thank you. We do feel the love, really appreciate it but stop it, stop it now.
“It's Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine. We've all got things to do so thank you, get on with your lives, we certainly intend to get on with ours and look, things are looking up.
“My sty is nearly gone, the sun is shining and I just want to say to all of you. Have a very merry Christmas and please stay safe. Thank you very, very much all of you.”
He captioned the post: “Your messages are the best Christmas presents Ruth and I could have wished for.
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“From the bottom of our Hearts. Thank you, Thank you.”
During Friday’s show Eamonn pleaded with viewers to be nice to his replacement Alison when she takes over their weekly slot.
He said: ”You won't be watching us anymore on a Friday, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary are going to be here on Fridays from here on in.
"Please can we ask you to be as nice to them [Alison and Dermot] friends of ours as they are – and we're very close to Alison – as you have been to us for the past 15 years.
"We appreciate all the love that you've sent us today, we send it all back to you. Have a very Merry Christmas whatever you're doing, it's been lovely having you."
"I think we will see everybody again in February."
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