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This Morning viewers concerned after show suddenly taken off air in major schedule disruption – details

The show experienced technical difficulties

Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond sit on sofa as they present This Morning
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
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This Morning viewers were left a little concerned after ITV's broadcast of Friday's show was abruptly disrupted due to technical issues. 

As Friday hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary disappeared from the screen, prerecorded clips of Josie Gibson and Julia Bradbury began to play.

WATCH: Alison Hammond apologises after show taken off air

Taking to social media, the show's official X account posted: "Apologies for the technical issues, we'll be back with you as soon as possible!"

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Viewers shared their concern in the comments section, with one person writing: "What happened? Is everyone OK?" while another added: "Can someone let us know everything is okay."

Dermot O'Leary, Alison Hammond on
'This Morning'© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Alison Hammond apologised for the disruption

Withi a few minutes, the show was back on air. Apologising for the disruption, Alison said: "Welcome back to This Morning. We do apologise, we've been having a few gremlins in the system."

Dermot then joked that guest Gyles Brandreth had been fiddling with the cables backstage, as he admitted: "When I'm on, my wife turns the sound down."

Dermot added: "She was probably loving it! You can turn off now Mrs Brandreth, we're back!"

Sian Welby on This Morning TV show, London, UK - 17 Jan 2024© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Sian Welby recently joined the This Morning presenter line-up

The disruption comes just weeks after the show made a major change to the presenting line-up with the introduction of radio presenter Siân Welby. The Capital Breakfast host made her debut on the programme back in January, hosting alongside Dermot. 

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, she penned: "Ok... not sure how I've been trusted to do this but… Next week, instead of waking you up on the @capitalofficial breakfast show...I'm going to be sitting next to this legend doing @thismorning. Very surreal. Obviously excited but also quite nervous!! I have to say the whole team has been incredibly supportive and I know I'm in good hands with @dermotolearly - what an incredible opportunity. It hasn't really sunk in yet!"

Sian Welby has joined 'This Morning' TV show, London© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Sian is popular among viewers

Siân has gone down a storm with fans of the show, who praised the presenter on social media. One person penned: "I love how much Sian is just energised, interested, researched and knowledgable about each guest. Fantastic hard worker," while another added: "Really enjoying This Morning with Sian and Dermot. Sian is a natural, professional, warm and funny. Love it!"