Ruth Langsford shuts down rift rumours with sweet message to Alison and Dermot

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Ruth Langsford has put to bed rumours of a spat with her This Morning successors.

The Mirror exclusively revealed that Ruth and husband Eamonn Holmes were being replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary in their Friday slot, which they've held for 14 years.

ITV today confirmed the news, telling that Alison and Dermot would take over in the new year.

And amid rumours of bad blood between the two presenting teams -which Ruth's always denied – she reached out to Alison and Dermot with her customary wisdom and grace.

Taking to Instagram, Ruth shared a snap of the new team and penned: "It's a changing of the guard on Fridays from January.

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"We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you've made us over the years. Have a Ball you two !

"It's not Goodbye from us, it's simply Au Revoir until the next half term."

She added ITV's statement, which read: "We are pleased to announce that Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary are set to join the This Morning family as regular hosts.

"The dynamic duo will share hosting duties with Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes OBE and Ruth Langsford from January 2021."

Ruth sent a sweet message to the new team of Alison and Dermot

They'll be taking over the Friday slot come January 8th
(Image: ITV)

Ruth and Eamonn will return to the This Morning sofa during the school holidays, including when usual hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take their summer break.

Alison said in a statement: "I never dreamt that when I first joined This Morning – initially for a few months – that I would still be there 19 years later.

"I genuinely care about the show and the viewers who watch, so it's a huge privilege and honour to be hosting a show I adore so much.

Ruth and Eamonn have held the slot for 14 years

"I'm just really excited to be doing even more of what I love alongside the lovely Dermot."

X Factor's Dermot added: "I'm deeply thrilled and honoured to be joining the This Morning team next year.

"We have huge shoes to fill and we are well aware what a privilege it is to be stepping into them.

Ruth and Eamonn will be back during the school holidays
(Image: ITV)

"Above all, we want to have fun and for you to be able to kick your weekend off with a smile, especially given the year we've all had.

"So I'm delighted to be co-hosting with the living embodiment of sunshine on a rainy day. I can't wait to get started."

*This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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