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WAKE ME UP! Alison and Dermot to host This Morning George Michael spectacular

ALISON Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will lead tributes to superfan George Michael on This Morning on Friday in a special broadcast ahead of what would have been his 60th birthday.

The late Wham! star – who died on Christmas Day 2016 – would have hit the milestone age on Sunday and so two days earlier, the ITV1 daytime show will pay tribute to one of its most avid watchers.

A source told the Politicalite “George was a big fan of ‘This Morning’ and with both [Alison Hammond] and [Dermot O’Leary] being such huge music fans – particularly of the 80s and 90s – they are sure to provide a fun show.

“Viewers will be reminded of some of the heartwarming moments George did on ‘This Morning’, a look back at his career and legacy.”

George previously made an anonymous donation of £50,000 to a ‘This Morning’ Christmas appeal, and went onto strike up a friendship with Richard Madeley, who was hosting alongside his wife Judy Finnigan at the time.

The ‘Faith’ hitmaker also used to call into the show, and he at one point he secretly paid for viewer Jo Maidment IVF treatment after hearing her speak about her plight on air.

Her first round of IVF resulted in a miscarriage, and George anonymously sent her flowers from both himself and his assistant.

The following year, 2012, she used frozen embryos from the first round and gave birth to daughter Betsy, who was nicknamed the “This Morning miracle baby”.

When it came to paying for the IVF, George claimed to be a businessman and didn’t reveal his identity until he sent a card congratulating her on the birth of Betsy.

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Jo will appear on Friday’s show with her daughter, as well as George’s longtime partner Kenny Goss, and singer Calum Scott will treat viewers to a rendition of one of George’s classic songs, while there will still be other segments not related to the late star.

This Morning with Alison and Dermot airs Fridays at 10am on ITV1 and ITVX. 

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