Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond are officially the new Friday hosts on This Morning

Elena Chabo
·2-min read
Photo credit: Ken McKay
Photo credit: Ken McKay

From Good Housekeeping

Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary have been announced as regular hosts on This Morning. The pair are set to share hosting duties with Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes OBE and Ruth Langsford from January 2021.

Rumours were circling but it's now been confirmed by ITV; from 8 January Alison and Dermot will host This Morning shows on Fridays, which are currently hosted by Eamonn and Ruth. Holly and Phillip will stay in their current slots, and Eamonn and Ruth will continue to host the show during key holidays.

Managing Director, ITV Daytime, Emma Gormley said: "We are delighted that Alison and Dermot will be joining the main presenting family on This Morning.

"Alison has provided some of the most memorable moments on the show in recent times and teamed up with the brilliant Dermot we think they are a great pairing in addition to our fabulous presenting line up of Phillip and Holly and Eamonn & Ruth."

Alison has really been a part of the fabric of the show for so long now, so it's great to see her step into this regular hosting slot.

She said of the news: "I never dreamt that when I first joined This Morning - initially for a few months - that I would still be there 19 years later. I genuinely care about the show and the viewers who watch, so it’s a huge privilege and honour to be hosting a show I adore so much. I’m just really excited to be doing even more of what I love alongside the lovely Dermot."

Co-host Dermot, who's covered holiday hosting on the show, is a perfect parter for the lovely Alison.

He said of the new role: "I'm deeply thrilled and honoured to be joining the This Morning team next year. We have huge shoes to fill and we are well aware what a privilege it is to be stepping into them.

"Above all, we want to have fun and for you to be able to kick your weekend off with a smile, especially given the year we've all had. So I'm delighted to be co-hosting with the living embodiment of sunshine on a rainy day. I can't wait to get started."

What great additions to the regular roster, best of luck to them both!

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