Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford beg fans to be nice to Alison Hammond during heartfelt This Morning goodbye

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford took to our screens for their final Friday slot on This Morning to wish viewers a goodbye.

The married couple were reportedly furious to learn they were being axed from the hit ITV show, and replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.

When the news broke, former Big Brother star Alison was hit with the wrath of mean comments from trolls, which resulted in the television channel having to step in to hold ‘duty of care’ meetings.

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On this week's Friday show Eamonn pleaded with viewers to be nice to his replacement Alison when she took over their weekly slot.

The 61 year old said: ”You won't be watching us anymore on a Friday, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary are going to be here on Fridays from here on in.

"Please can we ask you to be as nice to them [Alison and Dermot] friends of ours as they are – and we're very close to Alison – as you have been to us for the past 15 years.

"We appreciate all the love that you've sent us today, we send it all back to you. Have a very Merry Christmas whatever you're doing, it's been lovely having you."

"I think we will see everybody again in February."

Ruth then added: "You haven't got rid of us, we're back.

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“It's been a tricky year for everybody and we hope that we've helped you through it a little bit and thank you for all your support – have a very Merry Christmas and lots of love from us. See you in February.”

When the news broke that Alison and Dermot would be replacing the TV veterans, she was reportedly trolled for taking their job.

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A source recently revealed to The Sun: "Alison is a tough cookie, but the vitriol from some so-called fans of This Morning has been impossible for her to ignore.

“As a result of Love Island and Jeremy Kyle tragedies, ITV are very serious about duty of care and arranged to sit down with Alison to see how she was coping.

"Alison confided that while the Friday gig is her dream come true, staying positive had become a battle."

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