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As he began presenting his last Friday slot of This Morning with wife Ruth Langsford, Eamonn Holmes took the opportunity to make a dig at bosses.
The journalist, who was blasted by fans over his appearance on Loose Women recently, made a remark about ITV bosses "getting ready of us" live on air.
Speaking to Ruth, Eamonn, 61, said: "Do you know what I saw yesterday? Outside the opticians was a man selling Christmas trees, discounting them by half price.
Ruth, 60, responded: "They're struggling to get rid of them, I suppose."
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But Eamonn then decided to throw in a dig, by saying: "I would say so, darling. That's the obvious conclusion.
"Which is why they're getting rid of us on a Friday now – after all this sort of chat," he remarked.
"Oh stop it," Ruth exclaimed, laughing, before the pair continued on with the show.
The much-loved television couple will be standing down from their Friday slot on This Morning and will be replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.
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Instead, the pair will fill in for regular hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby when they go on holiday.
After weeks of speculation, the news of the new line-up was confirmed on 30 November.
Managing Director of 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."
Eamonn, who questioned if I'm A Celebrity's Jordan North was faking his fears, left a parting message for his fans on Twitter and thanked viewers, as well as wishing them a merry Christmas.
"Bye bye to you all on Friday folks …. Hopefully see u next February for half-term This Morning.
"Thanks for having us and please have a safe and Merry Christmas," he concluded.
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The dad-of-four was inundated with comments from fans who were sad to see the duo leave.
One fan wrote: "This brought tears to my eyes! It won't be the same without you – shocked & disappointed."
A second added: "Thanks for the memories! Fridays will never be the same. See you in the February Half-term."
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