Ruth Langsford denies making reality TV dig at This Morning replacement Alison Hammond

RUTH Langsford has denied making a dig about Alison Hammond's reality TV background after it was revealed she's replacing her on This Morning.

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.

It appeared to take aim at former Big Brother star Alison who will host Ruth and her husband Eamonn Holmes' Friday show with Dermot O'Leary.

But Ruth's spokesman has now denied it was a backhanded comment, telling MailOnline: "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 with Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary 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.

Furious fans have since vowed to boycott the show in solidarity with the couple, with many claiming that the decision was unfair.

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