This Morning fans spot 'awkward' moment Ruth Langsford has to talk to her replacement Alison Hammond on air

RUTH Langsford and Alison Hammond had to appear on air together today – after it was revealed the former Big Brother star is replacing her on This Morning.

In an exchange branded "awkward" by viewers, the pair took part in a live link-up as This Morning crossed to Loose Women.

Ruth opened the link addressing Phillip Schofield saying: "Hi Phillip" but didn't mention Alison – who stood alongside her co-star silently waving.

The moment came after it was revealed that Ruth and her husband Eamonn Holmes are being replaced on This Morning's Friday edition by Alison and Dermot O'Leary.

Ruth was presenting Loose Women today, while Alison had been drafted in to host This Morning while Holly Willoughby had a day off.

Some tweeted that the 60-year-old telly veteran directed her remarks at Phillip instead of the newcomer.

One viewer tweeted: "Ruth speaking to Phil and ignoring Alison on this morning. Awkward."

Another referenced the wave, writing: "Alison waving to Ruth. Awkward."

A third said: "Slightly awkward that Alison is presenting #ThisMorning today and then Ruth pops up on Loose Women."

One other shared a picture of Gavin and Stacey's Pam yelling: "It's all the drama, Mick. I just love it!"

They compared it to the scenes playing out on This Morning, writing: "ITV watching Ruth speak to Alison…"

Many fans wrote about how much they enjoyed the former Big Brother star, 45, appearing on the show today – but wished for Ruth to stay on.

One tweeted: "I like Alison she should have had her own show a long time ago but getting rid of Eamonn and Ruth is a disgrace."

The Sun reported in September that Eamonn and Ruth were fearing the axe from This Morning amid a diversity drive at ITV.

The decision to replace the husband-and-wife team with Alison and Dermot is reported to have left the pair "furious".

In an interview published in Notebook before news of ITV's shake-up broke, Ruth told how she grafted to get the role that she's had for the last 14 years.

She said: "We've put the work in. We didn't do a reality show and get an overnight job on the telly. We've come up through the ranks.

"Eamonn was only 19 when he started out. And he was doing the teatime news in Belfast during The Troubles."

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