This Morning's Holly Willoughby replaced with Alison Hammond as she takes 'day off' after shock Eamonn and Ruth axing

HOLLY Willoughby was replaced with Alison Hammond on This Morning today as she enjoyed a "well-deserved day off".

Viewers were shocked to see Alison alongside Phillip Schofield when they tuned in – just days after it was revealed that she'll be taking over from Eamonn and Ruth.

Today's instalment of the daytime show began with Phil and Alison stood outside of ITV studios where they excitedly turned on the Christmas tree lights.

Alison told fans: "I'm standing in for Holly today as she enjoys a well-deserved day off".

At the weekend, there was uproar when it was revealed that Alison and Dermot O'Leary will be replacing long-serving Friday hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford after 14 years.

The pair are "furious and upset" by the decision, and it later appeared that they may have been completely blindsided by it.

In an interview with new! magazine just last week, 60-year-old Ruth insisted that she didn't know anything about a line-up change on This Morning – and that she wasn't worried about losing her job.

When asked if the show was headed for a shake-up, Ruth told the publication: "There's always talk, I don't know. Not that anybody's told me."

Insisting that she had no concerns about being given the boot, Ruth later added: "I think I am very good at what I do, and as long as they want me I'll be there.

"I've been doing it a very long time and it seems we've been very popular, so I presume all those things will be taken into consideration."

Eamonn and Ruth have presented Friday's episode of This Morning since 2006 – but they will now only be called in for the summer holidays when main hosts Holly and Phil take their six-week break.

They will then take over presenting duties for Monday – Thursday, but Alison and Dermot will be the new weekly faces for Friday's shows.

The new hosts previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.

But their predecessors have been left understandably 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.

Furious fans have since vowed to boycott the show in solidarity with the couple, with many claiming that the decision was unfair.

Earlier this week, eagle-eyed fans spotted a tribute to Eamonn and Ruth on the set.

Mugs with the letters 'E' and 'R' were spotted sitting prominently on a shelf at the start of the show.

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