This Morning has seemingly hit back at fresh claims of an on-set rift between presenters Alison Hammond, 48, and Dermot O'Leary, 50.
Whilst the pair appear tight-knit on screen while presenting their regular Friday morning slot, reports have claimed that ITV producers worried as things between the pair were more strained off-screen.
The daytime show has been in turmoil over recent months following reports of a feud between former TV golden duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, leading to the latter's resignation earlier this year. Phillip later admitted to to an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger colleague and stepped down from ITV, leading to further scrutiny.
A show source has hit back at claims of any frostiness between Alison and Dermot, telling The Mirror: "This is absolute nonsense. There’s no tension between Alison and Dermot, quite the opposite."
The denial comes after reports from The Mail On Sunday, who claimed that bosses were 'worried' over Alison and Dermot's 'strained' relationship.
"Recently though things have become strained and it is worrying the bosses, they fear that this couple they put together which they had hoped would carry the show through the tough times it is enduring may have to present apart a bit more," said their source.
Further putting this to bed, an ITV spokesperson told The Mirror: "Alison, Dermot and Holly are all valued members of the This Morning family and all enjoy working together on the show, as well as having friendships outside of the show."
Fan favourite Alison has been praised for her work on the morning TV show as viewers can't help but crack up at her comical personality. And following the departure of Phillip from the show, it was reported that the former Big Brother star could be looking at a pay rise.
The star, who reportedly put her £700,000 home up for sale in May, is thought to have a net worth of at least £1M and has been on the show for over ten years. It is thought that Alison could be expected to spend more time in the ITV studio and in London – leading to a pay rise for the star.
With sources claiming that she is 'incredibly in demand', one insider told The Sun: "It’s looking highly likely she will be asked to do more days a week on This Morning — and therefore she will be spending more time in London.”
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