This Morning's Alison Hammond says ‘strong people don’t tear others down’ as Ruth Langsford denies ‘reality star’ row

THIS Morning's Alison Hammond shared a powerful message today, telling her followers "strong people don't tear down others".

The presenter has received a mixed reaction to news she and Dermot O'Leary will be replacing Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on Friday mornings.

Some feel the shake-up is needed to inject some freshness into the tail end of the week, and that Alison is the perfect personality to do it.

While others are gutted long-standing duo Eamonn and Ruth are making way.

Seemingly addressing the recent attention, Alison posted a picture of a girl and a dolphin rising to the surface of the ocean together, with the words: "Strong people don't put others down. They lift them up."

One follower wrote: "Could not agree more – love watching you and love your outlook on life 😘."

Another posted: "This is so true especially of you Alison, ever since your BB days you have always made me smile ♥️😁."

A third commented: "Be strong darling x your a beautiful person inside and out x me and my family absolutely love you x so brave wot you done today xx you make any show your on 😘😘."

Ruth previously denied making a dig about Alison's reality TV background after the This Morning reshuffle was announced.

The 60-year-old told how she has worked hard for her presenting role and didn't become successful through getting famous on a reality show.

Ruth's spokesman denied it was a backhanded comment, saying: "The comments from Ruth were made as a general observation in an interview conducted more than six weeks ago, about the industry and different routes into the business.

"Ruth was simply illustrating a point that whereas some presenters launch their careers by being on other TV programmes first, her and Eamonn's experience and career paths had taken a different and more traditional path.

"This wasn't directed at anyone in particular – indeed she has always been supportive of a number of her professional colleagues and friends who have taken this route."

Ruth and Eamonn were said to be blindsided when ITV bosses decided their time hosting the Friday edition of the show was up.

The decision to replace them is said to have left the pair "furious".

In an interview published in Sunday's Mirror Notebook, although conducted five weeks ago 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.

"It was heavy stuff. And he's now got an OBE for services to broadcasting."

Alison, who shot to fame during a stint on Big Brother in 2002, recently impressed with assured performances hosting the main show.

She has achieved national treasure status, thanks to her larger-than-life personality, and laugh-out-loud interviews with A-list celebs on the show.

Eamonn and Ruth have presented Friday's episode of This Morning since 2006 – but they will now only be called in for the summer holidays when main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take their six-week break.

They will then take over presenting duties for Monday – Thursday, but Alison and Dermot will be the new weekly faces for Friday's shows.

The new hosts previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.

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