Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary begin Friday hosting duties on This Morning as they take over from Ruth and Eamonn

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Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary finally began their Friday hosting duties on This Morning today.

The pair have taken over hosting the hit ITV morning show on Friday’s from Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.

The pair wore matching black as they kicked off the show discussing Alison's live karaoke session, before launching into their first segment with psychic Jemima Packington.

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Alison and Dermot are already proving popular with viewers, with one person writing on Twitter: “Loving Alison. She’s hilarious and just what we need. Dermot is a legend.”

Another said: “I like the chemistry between Dermot and Alison #ThisMorning.”

A third commented: “alison hammond and dermot o’leary are a JOY i’m so glad they’re now presenting every week #ThisMorning.”[sic]

And a fourth viewer said: “I love these two together , always loved Dermot and if you feeling a bit down Alison is sure to make you laugh, looking forward to watching them on Fridays now.”

Eamonn and Ruth will no longer host the show on Fridays but will host during the summer holidays and fill in for regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during half-term.

The pair thanked viewers as they appeared on screen for their last show in December.

Eamonn said: "You won't be watching us anymore on a Friday, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will be here on Fridays here on in.

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"Please we would ask you to be as nice and lovely to them, friends of ours as they are, we're very close to Alison and she has been to us for the past 15 years.

"We appreciate all of the love you have sent to us today, we send it all back to you, have a very merry Christmas, it's been lovely having you and I think we will see everybody again."

Ruth added: "We will see everybody again in February, you've haven't got rid of us, we're back for the half term. So it's a tricky year for everybody and we hope we helped you a little bit and thank you, have a merry Christmas see you in February."

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