The duo first met when Alison Hammond was a contestant on Big Brother in 2002, and Dermot O’Leary hosted Big Brother’s Little Brother. The pair are now co-hosts on This Morning and Alison (Image: ITV)

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Alison Hammond is full of praise for her This Morning co-host Dermot O'Leary, saying he is like a "brother" to her.

The duo first met in 2002, when Alison was a contestant on Big Brother, and Dermot hosted spin-off show Big Brother’s Little Brother.

The beloved TV presenter was the second housemate to be evicted on the third series of the Channel 4 reality show, which was eventually won by Kate Lawler.

Now, Alison has been reunited with Dermot for a presenting gig on This Morning, and she said working with the Radio 2 DJ was a full-circle moment in her career.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary are now hosting This Morning together
(Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"We've got each other's back and it's like a great brother-sister relationship. He was the second person to interview me when I came out of Big Brother all those years ago on Big Brother's Little Brother,” she told the Daily Star.

"It's like going full circle with us coming back together again like this. He was there at the beginning of my career and now we're together again for this next adventure."

Alison shot to fame during her stint in the Big Brother house, and was best known for breaking a table in the garden with Kate.

The pair had become inseparable in the house, and were reprimanded by Big Brother when they discussed upcoming nominations.

The pair previously met when Alison was a contestant on Big Brother
(Image: ITV)

Alison was up against Alex Sibley and Sandy Cumming after the contestants nominated which housemate they wanted to see booted off the show, and she was subsequently evicted after receiving 39% of the public vote.

She went on to appear on other reality shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2010, alongside Gillian McKeith, Jenny Eclair and Stacey Solomon, who went on to be crowned Queen of the Jungle.

However, Alison was voted off after less than two weeks, as she joined her fellow campmates on day six of their jungle stint.

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In 2014, the much-loved presenter was one of the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, and she was paired up with fan favourite professional Aljaž Škorjanec. Despite impressive performances of the samba and Charleston, Alison and Alijaz were voted off in week six.

Dermot left his hosting gig on companion show Big Brother's Little Brother in 2007, and was tapped to host The X Factor on ITV, replacing Kate Thornton.

He then took a break from presenting duties in 2015 to pursue other opportunities, but returned to Simon Cowell's hugely successful show in 2016.

Alison and Dermot were hired by ITV bosses late last year, as it was announced they would be taking over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning, who had hosted the show’s Friday slot for 14 years.