‘I’m off the bench’ Eamonn Holmes replaces Alison Hammond on This Morning amid illness

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This Morning viewers have not seen the back of Eamonn Holmes, 61, just yet after the TV star was asked to come in and replace Vernon Kay and Alison Hammond on the programme this week. Vernon, 47, announced he was pulling out of co-hosting the ITV series alongside Rochelle Humes after testing positive for Covid. 

He was due to appear on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

It’s since emerged that Alison, who was scheduled for Monday, has also fallen ill and no longer able to present. 

ITV producers were said to be scrambling to find a replacement but thankfully they did not have to look too far.

Confirming he will be stepping in, Eamonn tweeted on Sunday: “But just when u thought you’d got rid of me …. sickness with @AlisonHammond and @vernonkay means I’m off the bench.

“Get well soon to them but I have my boots on and I’m ready to play. 

“Monday and Tuesday line up is now myself and @RochelleHumes . Hope you can join us.”

Eamonn wrapped up his hosting stint on the programme last week after he and wife Ruth Langsford had filled in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during their summer holidays. 

Fans were left devastated when they realised the stand-in hosts were due to depart the programme until October, as they flocked to social media to share their upset.

They tweeted: ‘Good Morning #ThisMorning Peeps. Happy Friday. I can’t believe it’s Eamonn and Ruth’s last summer show.’

One said: “So sad it’s your last day this summer. You have made me laugh and made me cry. THANK YOU!!”

A second commented: “Seven weeks of pure joy. The professionalism, banter and laughs have made it the best.”

While a third typed: “‘Probably my last time watching #ThisMorning until Ruth & Eamonn are back in October.”

Meanwhile, Vernon told The Sun that he is “absolutely gutted” that he’s unable to host the show next week.

He told the publication: “I’m absolutely gutted that because of a positive Covid test I’m no longer able to present on This Morning next week with Rochelle nor do Radio 2 guest hosting and Steve Wright’s cover, two iconic shows which I’ve been a fan of for decades.”

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