Dermot O'Leary: Alison Hammond leaves Dermot O'Leary cringing with..

Dermot O'Leary: Alison Hammond leaves Dermot O'Leary cringing with..

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary made their long-awaited debut as This Morning's new Friday hosts after replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

viewers all had a similar reaction while watching Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary make their This Morning debut on Fridays show.Taking to social media, plenty expressed their praise for the new weekly presenters, who took over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

The duo brushed off the recent fanfare surrounding their new jobs by chatting about Alison's live karaoke session, but the show wasn't without gaffes as the presenter proceeded to grill Graham Norton about his deceased dog. 

Alison and Dermot landed the permanent Friday slot after Eamonn and Ruth were axed by bosses.

As they kicked off the show, bosses hinted at Alison and Dermot first official show as permanent hosts by playing Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington, Jr and Bill Withers.

The pair chatted about Alison's karaoke session on Instagram Live, with the star admitting she'd kept her son awake with her singing into the early hours.

She said: 'I just carried on and got carried away on my own, at 1am my son came in and said 'mum I am trying to sleep.' 

Dermot and Alison then introduced their first segment, with the X Factor struggling to hide his disdain as he revealed they'd be chatting to show regular Jenny, who predicts the future with asparagus.

As Alison dropped a handful of vegetables on the pan, Jenny said it meant she could be set to find love in 2021.

The former Big Brother star didn't seem fussed on finding a new man, joking to Dermot: 'There's already a new man in my life, it's you!'

But Alison and Dermot's debut wasn't without a few on-screen hiccups, with the presenter left red-faced during an interview with Graham Norton.

The pair chatted to the veteran broadcaster, 57, about his new show on Virgin Radio, with Alison gushing: 'I love you last time I saw you, you were with your dog, have you still got it?'

A deadpan Graham responded: 'No. dead,' sparking a nervous laugh from Alison and Dermot to hold his head in his hands.

Luckily Graham saw the humour in it and joked 'No I'm being horrible!' before carrying on with the interview.  

Alison and Dermot's debut went down a storm with viewers, with many taking to Twitter to praise the duo. 

One wrote: 'Loving Alison and Dermot #ThisMorning great duo! Uplifting and positive. Much needed as we start this crazy 2021.'

Another added: '@thismorning best decision with the change loving a Friday with Alison and Dermot #ThisMorning.'

'Gonna miss Eamonn and Ruth on a Friday, but I do like Alison and Dermot too but just feels weird,' a third added.

One person was particularly loving Alison, who's known for her joyful personality and iconic laugh. They tweeted: "Already loving Alison and Dermot! Love these two they are so funny #ThisMorning."

Another wrote: "Absolutely crying with Dermot and Alison when that lady threw the asparagus on her floor. #ThisMorning," while a third simply put: "God this is amazing already LOVE Alison and Dermot #ThisMorning." 

Alison and Dermot were clearly thrilled to be on the programme for the first time, with Alison welcoming audiences as they came on the air. "Hello and welcome to your Friday This Morning! It's so lovely to have you!," she beamed before the two began singing and dancing to Bill Withers' Just the Two of Us, no doubt leaving viewers in stitches within minutes.

Eamonn and Ruth appeared on screen for their last show in December, during which he made a dig about bosses 'getting rid' of them during a chat about discounted trees, before the pair both grew emotional while saying goodbye. 

During their sign off, Eamonn said: 'You won't be watching us anymore on a Friday, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will be here on Fridays here on in.

'Please we would ask you to be as nice and lovely to them, friends of ours as they are, we're very close to Alison and she has been to us for the past 15 years.

'We appreciate all of the love you have sent to us today, we send it all back to you, have a very merry Christmas, it's been lovely having you and I think we will see everybody again.'Ruth added: 'We will see everybody again in February, you've haven't got rid of us, we're back for the half term. So it's a tricky year for everybody and we hope we helped you a little bit and thank you, have a merry Christmas see you in February'.It has recently been claimed that the longtime presenters have reportedly been told to keep quiet about their axes.

According to sources, the presenters have been advised to not address losing their slot on the ITV programme to avoid missing out on more work opportunities.

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.' 

Alison and Dermot's first show comes soon after it was announced that Eamonn and Ruth would be stepping down from their usual weekly hosting roles and instead filling in for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during holiday breaks. 

Back in December, Ruth and Eamonn reacted to the news by posting messages to their fans on social media. Eamonn shared an image of him and his wife accepting a National Television Award, writing in the caption: "We bow out of 15 years of our Friday slot on This Morning today. Thanks for the memories, hope we made some for you too. Until February, may it be a Happy Christmas to you all."

Ruth also said her goodbyes via Instagram, "It's a changing of the guard on Fridays from January. 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."

Eamonn also took to social media last week to reveal the couple are 'going to get on with their lives'. 

It was previously reported that Alison is in duty of care meetings after racist trolling over her replacing Eamonn and Ruth on This Morning.      

The TV presenter is said to be struggling to cope with the 'vitriol' she has been receiving online and it has prompted the channel to step in to ensure she is 'staying positive.'

It was also reported by The Mail On Sunday that Alison previously turned down the presenting job as she feared it would be seen as 'tokenism.'

Friends said the job offer – just two months after the show's editor Martin Frizell pledged to staff that he would appoint a black presenter – left her feeling 'uncomfortable.'

According to sources, she was happy to remain in her role as entertainment reporter, but Frizell persuaded her to sign up for the bigger presenting job on the popular show. 

'Alison has been on This Morning for more than a decade and had never been offered this job before,' said one source. 

'Then Martin makes a big announcement that he wants a black presenter and she is wanted for the role.

'ITV decided last year they wanted diversity on their programmes and then they decided to offer the presenting job to Alison. If you look up the dictionary definition of what tokenism means, then this is it.

'Alison was happy as she was, she loved interviewing the likes of George Clooney. She is amazing at it and it was enough for her.'

The 45-year-old also felt torn about replacing Ruth, but was reassured by her close friend that she should take the job and had her blessing.