Alison Hammond drafted an ‘awkward’ encounter with her This morning co-star and former Big Brother Roommate Kate Lawler live on air.
On Tuesday’s (September 5) episode of the ITV daytime show, Hammond and co-host Holly Willoughby were seen preparing for that evening’s National Television Awards.
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On Tuesday morning’s show, presenter Lawler spoke with Hammond and Willoughby via video link live from London’s O2 Arena ahead of the evening’s awards ceremony.
After Lawler chatted with Hammond and Willoughby about the day This morning Competition? Hammond asked her Big Brother Co-Star: “Hopefully see you later too.” See you later? Will you be there too? Please say it’s you.”
In response, Lawler said, “No girls, we’ve already had this conversation. I didn’t get an invitation. I’ll watch it on TV at home with a bucket of popcorn.”
To defuse the situation, Hammond joked, “You can be my asset.” You can come.”
Both women laughed, and Hammond said to Willoughby as the camera cut away from Lawler, “Well that was embarrassing wasn’t it? A bit embarrassing.”
“I’m glad you said that,” Willoughby replied, and Hammond added, “I didn’t realize she wasn’t invited. I need to clear this up. I’ll pull some strings, don’t worry about that. I’ll sort that out.”
Hammond presented This morning during Willoughby’s first week back at the helm of the daytime show after summer vacation.
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Last month, while Hammond was hosting the show during the school holidays, she was approached live on air by a young fundraiser for not showing up for a charity event she had promised to attend.
During the episode, Hammond interviewed Tony Hudgell, an eight-year-old who had both legs amputated after being abused by his birth parents as a baby, resulting in organ failure, broken bones and sepsis.
Hudgell previously appeared on the ITV show to talk about his charity hike up Orrest Head, a hill in the Lake District, and Hammond told the youngster she would be present at the expedition.
But when Hudgell returned to This Morning alongside his adoptive parents, he told Hammond, “We needed you — you never came.”
September is a big month for Hammond as the presenter succeeds Matt Lucas as Noel Fielding’s new co-host The Great British Bake Off.