HomeTV and MoviesAlison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary admit spat after being 'thrown together' in This Morning 'arranged marriage'
Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary admit spat after being 'thrown together' in This Morning 'arranged marriage'
ALISON Hammond and Dermot O'Leary have admitted having a spat about things they "didn't like about each other" when they started presenting This Morning.
The hosts say they were "thrown together" in an "arranged marriage" – and it took TWO months to feel comfortable.
Speaking about their six-month anniversary on ITV's Lorraine today, Dermot said: "When you start a show and work with someone normally they'll say 'this is someone we're thinking of pairing you with' and you'll go out for lunch or a meeting.. but it was literally like 'you're on air in half an hour'.
"When you are co-presenting it takes a while to get used to those nuances and beats. You find out about each other's sense of humour, what you like about each other and what you don't like about each other. That can take about two months."
Alison said: "It's been six months now. We were thrown together on a Friday, a bit like an arranged marriage. It took about two months to feel comfortable.
"We told each other what we didn't like. We had a few private chats and said 'oh I don't like this about you, and the other said well I don't like you when you do this'.
"I think the fact we were honest and able to talk to each other…I trust him now."
Dermot was keen to stress they have always had a good relationship – but it took time to get to know each other's presenting styles.
"It wasn't that we didn't like each other," he added.
"It was more like 'oh I didn't know you were going to do that, that threw me'.
"I can talk to you like I can talk to my wife. We have that really lovely relationship and we really make each other laugh."
Alison added: "The things I didn't like, I really love now. His little quirks, whereas I was 'oh my god' at the start."
Alison and Dermot were announced as the new hosts of Fridays last year – and was met with criticism from fans who weren’t happy Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were being replaced.
It got so bad that, in his final episode, Eamonn encouraged viewers to be kind to Alison, who dealt with the brunt of the hatred online over Dermot.