Rochelle Humes appears to back Eamonn Holmes over This Morning axe with sweet snap – as he makes cryptic comment

ROCHELLE Humes has seemingly backed Eamonn Holmes with a sweet snap of the pair after he was axed from his Friday slot on This Morning.

The singer and presenter, 31, sent the telly veteran, 60, a snap of her hugging him on the show's famous sofa.

It put a smile on Eamonn's face as he took comfort in the message of support.

He shared it on Instagram, along with a comment reading: "Just got sent this by my lovely friend Rochelle. That's when a picture is worth a thousand words. 👍🙏."

The Northern Irishman had previously claimed online trolls had been trying to get him sacked from the daytime show.

He and wife Ruth Langsford, also 60, have been dumped from their Friday hosting duties on the show and will be replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.

The pair have been dropped after 14 years on the show but will still front it when regular hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are on holiday.

Just hours before the shake-up was announced Eamonn opened up about trolls plotting to get him fired admitting it was "stressful".

Talking to fans in a Facebook chat with Belfast Live, he said: "People say it’s water off a duck’s back but people wake up and they know they can get you sacked… that’s the thing about live TV. It can be very stressful.”

The long-serving TV duo are reportedly "furious and upset" at the decision after presenting Friday's episode of the daytime show since 2006.

An insider told The Mirror: "Eamonn is pretty furious and everyone feels for him and Ruth, they are well liked on the team, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made."

A TV insider previously told The Sun that Eamonn feared he was "too pale, stale and male" to remain a regular face on This Morning for much longer.

They explained: "Eamonn and Ruth are incredibly popular with viewers and loved across the board.

"No one wants to see them go. The shows execs have some very tricky decisions. Eamonn fears he is basically too ‘pale, stale and male’, and, at 60, perhaps not in line with the youth drive broadcasters are after."

News of the reshuffle comes after ITV chief Carolyn McCall sent an email outlining her accelerated diversity and inclusion plan.

Network insiders were worried about a repeat of “Sue Barker-gate” after the former tennis champ, 64, lost her job fronting Question Of Sport for the BBC.

One said: “It’ll look terrible if they give Ruth and Eamonn the boot.

“Many of our viewers are older or retired, and rely on them to provide some cheer of a morning.”

Ruth will continue her presenting roles on Loose Women where she remains very popular.

Alison, 45, and Dermot, 47, 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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