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Matt Baker reaches out to ‘brilliant’ Eamonn Holmes after This Morning replacement news

Eamonn Holmes thanks followers for messages of support

This Morning presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, both 60, stepped down from their Friday slot on the show last week, ahead of Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary’s new stint on the show. Two days ago the broadcaster took to his Instagram to thank his fans for their support.

In view of his 705,000 followers, he said in a video: “Hello there everyone, just want to say something to you all from the bottom of my heart and that is thank you.

“Ruth and I have been absolutely overwhelmed yesterday and today by the amount of messages and we’ve been replying by social media, by text, by WhatsApp, whatever way we can.

“But can I just generally say thank you, thank you, thank you. We do feel the love, really appreciate it.”

“But stop it! Stop it now, it is Christmas time, mistletoe and wine, we’ve all got things to do.

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“So thank you, get on with your lives, we certainly intend to get on with ours… the sun is shining, have a very merry Christmas and please stay safe.”

The presenter captioned the post: “Our messages are the best Christmas presents Ruth and I could have wished for. From the bottom of our hearts. Thank you, Thank you.”

Many of Eamonn’s fans and friends flocked to his post to comment, including Countryfile star Matt Baker.

The latter wrote: “Had my head stuck in the farm last week or so, just wanted to pass on the best to you both [heart emoji].

“Your brilliant at making our best work look easy.”(sic)

In response to his post, Eamonn replied: “@mattbakerofficial what work? Do u need a hand on the farm?” [Laughing face emoji].

Former Homes Under The Hammer presenter Lucy Alexander also commented: “We love you both.”

Eamonn replied: “@lucyalexandertv won’t be able to see u for YEARS now.”(sic)

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News of the pair’s exit was confirmed by ITV last month.

A statement from the show’s official Twitter page 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 duo will share hosting duties with Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes OBE and Ruth Langsford from January 2021.”

Ruth and Eamonn will continue to host This Morning during the school holidays when main presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby take a break.

The married couple have fronted Friday instalments of This Morning for 14 years.

Eamonn has since told his Twitter followers he hopes the pair will make a return to the show in February.

On their final official day of the show, Alison referred to the duo as “a class above the rest” in a message to the pair on Twitter.

This Morning continues today at 10am on ITV.

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