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Alison Hammond compares presenting with Dermot O’Leary to an ‘arranged marriage’


Alison Hammond has admitted it took two months before she and Dermot O’Leary ‘became comfortable’ with each other on This Morning.

The pair revealed they had to have ‘private chats’ to iron out what they didn’t like about each other’s presenting styles.

The former Big Brother star, 46, believes their partnership on the magazine show works because they were ‘so honest with each other’ in the first few months and compared the collaboration to an ‘arranged marriage’.

‘We told each other what we don’t like’: Alison Hammond, 46, and Dermot O’Leary revealed on Friday’s episode of Lorraine that they had private chats about their presenting styles in the first few months of presenting together on This Morning

Speaking to Lorraine on Friday alongside Alison, Dermot, 48, admitted they barely had any time to get used to each other’s nuances.

The pair have been co-presenting This Morning together every Friday since January after taking over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 

Alison said: ‘We literally were thrown together, like an arranged marriage. It took about two months before we became comfortable.’

Dermot added: ‘When you start a show and you start with someone they normally go, “Oh you need to meet so and so. This is the person we’re thinking about pairing you with.”

Ironing out: Speaking openly about adjusting to presenting together, Dermot admitted they barely had any time to get used to each other's nuances

Ironing out: Speaking openly about adjusting to presenting together, Dermot admitted they barely had any time to get used to each other’s nuances

‘You go out for lunch or you have a meeting. But this was literally like, “You’re on air in half an hour.”

‘When you’re co-presenting, it takes a while to get to know those nuances and those little beats, “I’m going to talk now or you’re going to talk now.”

‘You find out about each other’s sense of humour, what you like about each other, what you don’t like about each other and those things take about two months.’

Alison, who has been presenting on This Morning for 18 years after rising to fame on Big Brother in 2002, said: ‘But we told each other what we don’t like, we were so honest with each other and I think that’s why it worked.

‘We had a few private chats, “I don’t like this about you,” and, “Well I don’t like this when you do such and such.”

Adjusting: The pair (pictured on Lorraine on Friday) have been co-presenting This Morning together every Friday since January after taking over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford but admit it took around two months before they were comfortable

Adjusting: The pair (pictured on Lorraine on Friday) have been co-presenting This Morning together every Friday since January after taking over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford but admit it took around two months before they were comfortable 

Honesty: Former 'Big Brother' star Alison believes their partnership on the brunch-time show (pictured on Friday's episode) works because they were 'so honest with each other' in the first few months

Honesty: Former ‘Big Brother’ star Alison believes their partnership on the brunch-time show (pictured on Friday’s episode) works because they were ‘so honest with each other’ in the first few months

‘All really tiny, small things, but the fact we were honest and able to talk to each other, I think that’s why it’s worked.’

However, Dermot insisted they always ‘liked each other’, and he can now talk to Alison as he speaks to his wife Dee Koppang.

He said: ‘It wasn’t like we didn’t like each other. Someone would go, “Oh, I didn’t know you were going to do that, that threw me.”

‘As soon as you have that honesty, I can talk to you now like I can talk to my wife. We have that really lovely relationship and we make each other laugh.’

Opening up: Dermot was quick to insist they always 'liked each other' and he can now talk to Alison as he speaks to his wife Dee Koppang

Opening up: Dermot was quick to insist they always ‘liked each other’ and he can now talk to Alison as he speaks to his wife Dee Koppang

Comedy duo: During the interview, Alison (pictured with Dermot in April) also jokingly claimed: 'I think I brought out Dermot, I'll be honest with you. He was a bit dry before he met me'

Comedy duo: During the interview, Alison (pictured with Dermot in April) also jokingly claimed: ‘I think I brought out Dermot, I’ll be honest with you. He was a bit dry before he met me’

Alison admitted one aspect of her presenting that Dermot ‘absolutely hated’ was some of the looks she pulls to the camera – but he now ‘loves’ them.

She said: ‘The things I didn’t like, now I love. His little quirks, I was like, “Oh my god.” Sometimes when I’d go like this [pulls face] to the camera, he absolutely hated that.

‘He was like, “Why are you doing that?” I was like, “That’s what I do, babes.”‘

Dermot added: ‘Hated it. Now I love it.’

During the interview, Alison also jokingly claimed: ‘I think I brought out Dermot, I’ll be honest with you. He was a bit dry before he met me.’ 

Veteran: Alison has been presenting on This Morning for 18 years after rising to fame on Big Brother in 2002 (pictured)

Veteran: Alison has been presenting on This Morning for 18 years after rising to fame on Big Brother in 2002 (pictured)



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