EAMONN Holmes and Ruth Langsford's axing from This Morning's Friday slot was sparked by a refusal to gift Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon a Christmas bauble, according to reports.

Veteran broadcaster Eamonn, 60, is said to have had an explosive clash with show editor Martin Frizell ahead of last December's General Election.

The Mail reports that Ms Sturgeon had proposed gifting the couple with a traditional decoration during an interview, with Frizell keen to reciprocate the gesture by getting Eamonn and Ruth to present the politician with a bespoke bauble.

The idea was not welcomed by Eamonn, who claimed the mutual gift-giving wasn't in line with impartiality rules prior to an election.

A source told the publication: "Martin exploded, saying he was the editor and he decided what happened on the show.

"He then refused to go to Eamonn’s dressing room for the pre-show meeting with the presenters. 

"The producer was having to run back and forth between the news room and the dressing room to convey Eamonn’s fury to Martin and Martin’s fury to Eamonn."

On Friday, the popular husband and wife duo hosted their first This Morning show since news of their axing broke.

They seemed to allude to the show shake-up by dwelling on the "frosty" weather conditions on the day.

The Sun revealed the pair will be replaced in the slot they've held for 14 years by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.

It's not the end for them on This Morning though, as they will fill in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the six-week summer holiday.

It was revealed last night that the BBC are ready to make a move for the duo by offering them their own show.

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