Alison Hammond takes over This Morning as Dermot gets emotional over parents

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This Morning presenter Alison Hammond took over presenting the show for Dermot O'Leary during Friday's show after they spoke to his parents in Ireland.

The pair had been talking about Dermot's family history being rejected from Who Do You Think You Are for not being dramatic enough for the show, and got his parents involved.

Talking to his mum and dad in Ireland, Dermot told his parents how much he was missing them as they opened up about what he was like a child.

Dermot signed off the chat by telling his parents to stay safe and to get the vaccine as soon as possible, before telling Alison how lovely his parents are.

After the goodbye, Dermot then said: "How am I supposed to do the menu now?"

Alison asked him: "Don't get emotional. Do you want me to start it?" and Dermot said yes while his co-star cracked on with the rundown of what was coming up on the show.

The chat with his parents came after Dermot's confession about being approached by the BBC documentary series, which sees celebs trace their family trees.

However, after looking into his family past, researchers told Dermot that they couldn't find anything of interest within his tree.

He told told parenting podcast Sweat, Snot And Tears: "They actually researched my family for about three months. They came back and said: 'There's just not enough interesting stuff about your family.'"

Dermot was born in Essex but holds both British and Irish citizenships as his parents are Irish.

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He claimed that the researchers hadn't tried enough to uncover the truth about his ancestors, saying: "Wexford is a port town, and my family are all seafaring folk. I have it on good authority that two of them went to America.

"One of them was a police officer and the other was a judge and they both got killed by the Mafia in the 30s.

"They couldn't find any record of this. I was like, 'What are you on about? We've been everywhere, we're a family of sailors.'

"I just don't think they were trying hard enough. It's awful, isn't it? Absolutely awful."

Other famous faces who got knocked back from the show include Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Tom Jones and This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes.

This Morning continues on Monday at 10am on ITV.

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