Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are living in fear of being given the boot from their jobs on This Morning – reports claim.
The married presenting duo have hosted the Friday edition of This Morning since 2006, and are typically drafted in to helm the show across the week over school holidays when regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take time off.
However the star couple – both aged 60 – are said to be at risk of losing their regular Friday morning slot amid rumours ITV are desperate to shake up their presenter roster.
The Sun claims an internal ITV research group have launched a poll to gauge thoughts on changing up the presenters lists on the long-running daytime TV show.
A source told the publication: “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.
“One possibility is to keep the couple on as regular holiday cover but lose their regular Friday slot.”
Rumours are rife that hunky 34-year-old presenter Ore Oduba and occasional This Morning host – and former The Saturdays beauty – Rochelle Humes, 31, could be announced as the replacements.
However, some think such casting could put off older audiences.
The Sun claims another source whispered: “Many of our viewers are older or retired, and rely on [Eamonn and Ruth] to provide some cheer of a morning.”
Mirror Online have contacted representatives for This Morning, Eamonn and Ruth for comment.
For weeks there has been speculation that the presenting line-up of This Morning could be changed.
Back in July, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall announced that the network would be working to "change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and other underrepresented groups."
While last month, there were rumours that Holly Willoughby may be poised to quit the show in pursuit of "prime time dreams" - leaving her hosting seat open for someone to take.