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Eamonn Holmes has announced he will act as a stand-in replacement for Vernon Kay on This Morning, after the presenter tested positive for Covid.

Vernon, 47, was set to front the popular morning show alongside Rochelle Humes next week,  and TV bosses were ‘left scrambling’ to find a replacement as Alison Hammond was also off from sickness. 

Saving the day, Eamonn Tweeted on Sunday: ‘But just when u thought you’d got rid of me …. sickness with @AlisonHammond and @vernonkay means I’m off the bench .Get well soon to them but I have my Boots on and I’m ready to play . Monday and Tues line up is now myself and @RochelleHumes. Hope you can join us.’ 

'I'm off the bench!': Eamonn Holmes, 61, has announced he will act as a stand-in replacement for Vernon Kay on This Morning, after the presenter tested positive for Covid

'I'm off the bench!': Eamonn Holmes, 61, has announced he will act as a stand-in replacement for Vernon Kay on This Morning, after the presenter tested positive for Covid

‘I’m off the bench!’: Eamonn Holmes, 61, has announced he will act as a stand-in replacement for Vernon Kay on This Morning, after the presenter tested positive for Covid

Bad news: Vernon Kay, 47, has been forced to pull out of his guest presenting slot on This Morning next week after testing positive for COVID-19

Bad news: Vernon Kay, 47, has been forced to pull out of his guest presenting slot on This Morning next week after testing positive for COVID-19

Bad news: Vernon Kay, 47, has been forced to pull out of his guest presenting slot on This Morning next week after testing positive for COVID-19

The presenter, 61, had been presenting the show with wife Ruth Langsford over summer as Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield took their annual six-week break.   

It comes after Vernon said he was ‘absolutely gutted’ to be missing out on the guest presenting gig. 

He told The Sun: ‘I’m absolutely gutted that because of a positive Covid test I’m no longer able to present on This Morning next week with Rochelle.’

The I’m A Celebrity winner was also gearing up to cover Steve Wright’s Radio 2 show, a gig he has stepped down from in light of his diagnosis.

Back on the small screen: Eamonn saved the day after ITV bosses were left 'scrambling' for a replacement for Vernon

Back on the small screen: Eamonn saved the day after ITV bosses were left 'scrambling' for a replacement for Vernon

Back on the small screen: Eamonn saved the day after ITV bosses were left ‘scrambling’ for a replacement for Vernon 

Last minute: ITV bosses must now find a last-minute replacement for Vernon, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield not due back from their summer break until next month

Last minute: ITV bosses must now find a last-minute replacement for Vernon, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield not due back from their summer break until next month

Last minute: ITV bosses must now find a last-minute replacement for Vernon, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield not due back from their summer break until next month

Vernon added: ‘Nor [can I] do Radio 2 guest hosting and Steve Wright’s cover, two iconic shows which I’ve been a fan of for decades.’

MailOnline has reached out to Vernon’s representatives for further comment.

ITV bosses must now find a last-minute replacement for Vernon, with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield not due back from their summer break until next month.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford – who have been filling in for Holly and Phillip – are also said to be unavailable.

Eamonn, 61, announced on Monday’s episode of This Morning that he and Ruth, also 61, were in their final week of presenting the show for the summer break.

Welcoming viewers to the show on Monday, the couple mysteriously revealed it was their ‘last week’ as well as the ‘last week of summer’.

Unavailable: Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford - who have been filling in for Holly and Phillip - are also said to be unavailable

Unavailable: Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford - who have been filling in for Holly and Phillip - are also said to be unavailable

Unavailable: Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford – who have been filling in for Holly and Phillip – are also said to be unavailable

Rochelle Humes will present This Morning with Alison Hammond on Bank Holiday Monday and was supposed to be joined by Vernon from Tuesday.

The Sun further reported that Rochelle, 32, had told of her excitement at welcoming Vernon to This Morning.

According to the paper, Rochelle said: ‘I’m so looking forward to hosting with the wonderful Alison Hammond again. I also can’t wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family!’

Rochelle said: 'I'm so looking forward to hosting with the wonderful Alison Hammond again. I also can't wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family!'

Rochelle said: 'I'm so looking forward to hosting with the wonderful Alison Hammond again. I also can't wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family!'

Rochelle said: ‘I’m so looking forward to hosting with the wonderful Alison Hammond again. I also can’t wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family!’

Source: DailyMail

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