Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford fear This Morning AXE amid ITV's diversity drive

EAMONN Holmes and Ruth Langsford fear being axed from This Morning in ITV’s diversity drive.

They may be the highest-­profile casualties as producer Martin Frizell plans a shake-up.

The married pair’s fate rests on the findings of internal research which has been launched.

Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba, 34, and regular stand-in Rochelle Humes, 31, have been mooted as ­possible replacements.

A source said last night: “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.

“Nothing’s been decided yet, and much rests on this internal poll.”

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

Regular This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield, 58, and Holly Willoughby, 39, are widely regarded as untouchable but not so Eamonn and Ruth, also 60.

Network insiders fear 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.”

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