Eamonn Holmes has reportedly alleged online trolls planned to fire him hours before reports surfaced that he and Ruth Langsford had been deposed from This Morning.
Speaking to fans on a Belfast Live Facebook group, the 60-year-old broadcaster found it was "stressful" knowing that trolls could be "fired" on "live television" according to the Daily Mirror.
Eamonn is believed to have made the comments just a day before reports surfaced that he and his wife, Ruth, 60, were deposed after a major shock by ITV chiefs from This Morning, and the couple was replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O & # 39; Leary was replaced.
Trolling: Eamonn Holmes has reportedly alleged trolls planned to fire him before reports surfaced that he and Ruth Langsford, both 60, were deposed from This Morning
Eamonn said: “People say it's duck back water, but people wake up knowing they can fire you … that's the thing about live TV. It can be very stressful. & # 39;
MailOnline has contacted Eamonn Holmes representatives for comment.
His comments came just before it was reported that he and his wife, Ruth, who had both been running the show for 14 years, had been removed from This Morning.
Alison Hammond  and Dermot O & # 39; Leary  will take on the couple's longstanding presentation roles on the popular ITV chat show.
In the past few weeks Eamonn has been telling friends about his fear that he is too "pale, stale and manly" to be on the ITV show, which has led to criticism for not being diverse enough.
Brand new faces: Alison Hammond  and Dermot O & # 39; Leary , the first black host of This Morning, will take on the couple's presentation roles
Eamonn and Ruth are said to have been "disappointed and devastated" by the latest news as they "loved" their stay that morning.
The duo will continue to host the ITV show Monday through Thursday during the schools' six-week summer vacation.
Fern Britton, 63, who hosted the popular daytime show between 1999 and 2009, took to Twitter after the big news and said, "Oh no?"
The presenter also tweeted: "That doesn't change the fact that Alison Hammond is a superstar who deserves the world.
"Overlooked by ITV for far too long, this is their moment."
Coming Back: Eamonn and Ruth, "disappointed and devastated" by the news, will host the ITV show Monday through Thursday during the schools' six-week summer vacation
The news of the new line-up comes just five months after This Morning editor Martin Frizell told staff that he was planning to hire a black presenter.
During a video conference with staff in June, he said, “There is no black presenter on any of the programs today.
"We plan to change that, we're [this morning] looking into it."
Alison, who first appeared as a contestant in Big Brother, and Dermot impressed both viewers and ITV bosses when they covered for main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that summer.
And Eammon and Ruth have been assured that they will remain "part of the This Morning Family" and will likely be asked to report if other presenters are on vacation.
On Saturday night, a source on This Morning told This Morning: “Ruth and Eamonn have been on the show for 14 years and it has been very sad and disappointing for them to be told that they are no longer wanted.
"They love it and the viewers love them, but times on the show change and they were the victims."
Talented: Alison, who first appeared on TV as a Big Brother nominee, and Dermot were impressed when they covered for main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield this summer