Vernon Kay to replace Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning

Vernon Kay attends The Beating Hearts Ball in support of The British Heart Foundation at The Guildhall on February 27, 2019 in London, England.
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Family Fortunes presenter Vernon Kay is set to host This Morning alongside Rochelle Humes, replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford

This Morning, ITV’s daily daytime show, is undergoing further changes as it’s been announced Vernon Kay will replace Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes as host of the show.

Ruth and Eamonn have returned several times to present the show and to fill in for Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on their breaks, since being axed from the show last year, after 16 years presenting the show.

They presented the show during the school summer holidays, while Holly and Philip enjoyed a summer break. But it has been reported that the Family Fortunes presenter, Vernon Kay will replace them alongside Rochelle Humes until Philip and Holly return in September.

Eamonn Holmes, with his wife Ruth Langsford, as he wears his OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) after it was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II for services to broadcasting during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 1, 2018 in central London.

It is not known why Eamonn and Ruth’s stint presenting the show has been cut short. Fans were left shocked when Eamonn, who has recently opened up about his health battle,  announced that it would be their last week hosting during the show.

Speaking to The Sun, Vernon said, ‘This Morning is the daytime go-to show, so to be asked to guest host on a show I’ve watched since its inception is a huge tick for me.

I’m really looking forward to working with Rochelle and sitting on that famous sofa.’

Rochelle Humes also said she was excited to work with Vernon, she said, 'I also can’t wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family!’

Tess Daly and Vernon Kay attend the press night performance of "Madam Butterfly", part of the English National Opera's 2019/20 season, at The London Coliseum on February 26, 2020 in London, England.

This Morning’s editor Martin Frizell has spoken on the changes and said, 'This week will provide a great mix of talent for our viewers. Vernon is familiar with being a guest on our sofa but I’m sure he’ll be just as great hosting the show live for two and a half hours too.”

Vernon will join Rochelle and debut as a This Morning guest presenter on the 31st of August, with Philip and Holly due to return on the 6th of September.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.