Eamonn Holmes addresses viewer amid This Morning ‘replacement fears’ with Ruth Langsford

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Eamonn Holmes, 60, and Ruth Langsford, 60, have been firm fixtures on This Morning since 2006. The presenting duo often front the ITV show on Fridays and cover Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby’s holidays.

The TV anchor has since taken to Twitter and responded to a social media user after they praised Eamonn and his wife’s on-screen “partnership”.

The person in question wrote: “I love how @EamonnHolmes leaves Ruth to it during the make up segments on @thismorning and she carries the show with class. Signs of what a supportive partnership they have.”

Eamonn took the opportunity to respond to the message and shared a series of emojis including a smiling face, clapping hands and a thumbs up.

His response comes after it has been claimed that the ITV star and his wife Ruth are reportedly concerned they could lose their presenting jobs as This Morning make efforts to diversify the ITV show.

A source has commented that “nobody” wants to see the “popular duo” leave the programme but tough decisions are ahead.

They said: “Eamonn fears he is basically too ‘pale, stale and male’, and, at 60, perhaps not in line with the youth drive broadcasters are after.

“The shows execs have some very tricky decisions.”

“One possibility is to keep the couple on as regular holiday cover but lose their regular Friday slot,” the source continued to The Sun.

“Nothing’s been decided yet, and much rests on this internal poll,” they added.

Although nothing has been confirmed, it has been claimed that Rochelle Humes could be a possible replacement as she’s already worked on This Morning.

It has also been claimed that Strictly winner and fellow presenter Ore Oduba could be lined up for the role.

Express.co.uk has contacted Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes representatives for comment.

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The news comes just two months after ITV announced its Diversity Acceleration Plan to try and increase inclusion on screen.

The broadcaster explained in a statement that they aimed to: “Accelerate change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and other underrepresented groups.

“Over the next 12 months ITV will increase investment in this area and this plan will deliver measurable change across all levels and parts of ITV.”

They added: “The first move is to create a new role of Group Diversity and Inclusion Director, which will sit on ITV’s Management Board and report to CEO Carolyn McCall.”

The news comes after the BBC announced changes to their lineup when Question of Sport host Sue Barker was axed after 24 years on the programme.

Former England defender Alex Scott was rumoured to be the presenter to take over from the ex-tennis star but no replacement has been confirmed.

Sue has since spoken out following the announcement and admitted it was her “dream job”.

In a statement she said: “I love the show so much they would have to remove me, it would have been tough for me to walk away.

“I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question Of Sport, it’s been my dream job.

“But I understand the BBC wants to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”

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