Alison Hammond leaves Dermot O’Leary cringing with hilarious gaffe


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.

The duo’s first show left viewers split as many claims the gaffe-ridden show was ‘like a kids programme,’ with one even comparing their ‘stilted’ chemistry to the 2001 pairing of Coleen Nolan and Twiggy.

Alison and Dermot’s first show as permanent hosts saw blunders including grilling Graham Norton about his deceased dog, and mistakenly asking Fay Ripley about her two sons, only for the actress to clarify she has a son and daughter. 

Oh dear! Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary made their long-awaited debut as This Morning’s new Friday hosts, but it wasn’t without gaffes

Viewers were quick to share their reactions to Dermot and Alison, which were decidedly mixed with some praising their ‘chaotic’ hosting style, while others pleaded for the return of Eamonn and Ruth.

One wrote: ‘I love @AlisonHammond and @radioleary but this just doesn’t work… I watched a bit out of interest but it reminds me when they put Twiggy and Coleen Nolan together… awkward and stilted…’

Another added: ‘Finally! It’s over! That was an absolute disaster! Dermot and Alison are excellent at X Factor and small items on the show, but seriously not cut out for presenting a full show. Bring back Eamonn and Ruth!’

Oh dear! The duo's first show left viewers split as many claims the gaffe-ridden show was 'like kids TV'

Oh dear! The duo’s first show left viewers split as many claims the gaffe-ridden show was ‘like kids TV’

A third said: ‘Feel like Dermot and Alison need to find their stride. They need segments that bring out their best presenting sides. Why not split it so they host alternative Fridays with another person to see if it is a pairing issue.’

One outspoken viewer declared: ‘Seriously is what This Morning on Fridays is gonna look like! These two are just awful. Bring back Emonn and Ruth! Shocking decision. It’s like kids TV.’

However many viewers fiercely defended the duo, with one tweeting: ‘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 viewer also posted: ‘Alison and Dermot, I’m already OBSESSED, I love this so much,’ with another adding: ‘I like the chemistry between Dermot and Alison.’ 

We love it! However many viewers fiercely defended the duo, with some praising the pair's chemistry

We love it! However many viewers fiercely defended the duo, with some praising the pair’s chemistry

As they kicked off the show, bosses hinted at Alison and Dermot’s 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.’ 

Oops! Alison and Dermot chatted to broadcaster Graham Norton about his new radio series, and proceeded to grill him about his dead dog

Oops! Alison and Dermot chatted to broadcaster Graham Norton about his new radio series, and proceeded to grill him about his dead dog

Mortified! Alison struggled to hide her embarrassment while Dermot look on in dismay, but luckily Graham brushed it off and continued with the interview

Mortified! Alison struggled to hide her embarrassment while Dermot look on in dismay, but luckily Graham brushed it off and continued with the interview

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!’

Dynamic duo: Alison and Dermot brushed off the recent fanfare surrounding their new jobs by chatting about the presenter's live karaoke session

Dynamic duo: Alison and Dermot brushed off the recent fanfare surrounding their new jobs by chatting about the presenter’s live karaoke session

Dynamic duo: As they kicked off the show, bosses hinted at Alison and Dermot's first official show by playing Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington, Jr and Bill Withers

Dynamic duo: As they kicked off the show, bosses hinted at Alison and Dermot’s first official show by playing Just The Two Of Us by Grover Washington, Jr and Bill Withers

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.  

Perfect pairing: 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

Perfect pairing: 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

The show didn’t get any smoother, as during an interview with Cold Feet star Fay Ripley, Alison asked how she’d coped with two sons during the lockdown.

The actress then clarified she actually had a ‘son and a daughter,’ leaving Alison looking visibly embarrassed. 

Later Dermot praised chef Clodagh McKenna as she whipped up a delicious Irish stew, she asked him: ‘Is your Gran in Ireland?’ leading him to say in a deadpan response: ‘No she’s in heaven,’ sparking yet more hysterical response from viewers.

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.

Exciting: Alison and Dermot were announced to be taking over as This Morning's Friday hosts late last year, after replacing Eamonn and Ruth

Exciting: Alison and Dermot were announced to be taking over as This Morning’s Friday hosts late last year, after replacing Eamonn and Ruth

Dig: Eamonn and Ruth appeared on screen for their last show in December, during which he made a dig about bosses 'getting rid' of them

Dig: Eamonn and Ruth appeared on screen for their last show in December, during which he made a dig about bosses ‘getting rid’ of them 

‘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 axing. 

Hosting duties: The pair had filled in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays for 15 years

Hosting duties: The pair had filled in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays for 15 years

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.’ 

MailOnline has previously contacted representatives for Eamonn, Ruth and ITV for comment. 

Fed up? Eamonn reportedly told friends he was 'sick of office politics' ahead of the pair's last stint as two of the show's main presenters

Fed up? Eamonn reportedly told friends he was ‘sick of office politics’ ahead of the pair’s last stint as two of the show’s main presenters

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.’

Claims: It has also been claimed that Eamonn and Ruth have reportedly been told to keep quiet about their axing

Claims: It has also been claimed that Eamonn and Ruth have reportedly been told to keep quiet about their axing

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.

Job offer: 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' (pictured in March)

Job offer: 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’ (pictured in March)

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