Holly and Phil wish Eamonn Holmes happy birthday on This Morning – before praising his replacement Alison Hammond

HOLLY Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have wished fellow This Morning star Eamonn Holmes a happy birthday.

The presenting duo opened today's show by sending their love to Eamonn on his 61st birthday.

A delighted Holly, 39, started: "Can we just say a very big happy birthday to Eamonn Holmes. Happy birthday darling.

"Eamonn, we hope you have a brilliant day and Ruth is spoiling you. There's a little something here waiting for you tomorrow."

Phillip, 58, added: "Happy birthday."

Following the birthday announcement, the pair went on praise Eamonn's replacement Alison Hammond after the star was nominated at the I Talk Telly Awards.

Holly confirmed: "She has been voted best TV presenter."

It was recently revealed Alison and Dermot O'Leary are replacing Ruth Langsford and Eamonn after 14 years as hosts.

The married described their departure from the Friday show after 14 years as "a changing of the guard", saying: "We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you’ve made us over the years. Have a Ball you two!"

Referring to their new role covering Phil and Holly during holidays, they added: "It’s not Goodbye from us, it’s simply Au Revoir until the next half term."

Alison, who joined This Morning in 2003, will take over with X Factor host Dermot from January 8.

The Sun revealed this week that she has also signed on to host a reboot of classic gameshow Wheel of Fortune.

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