Christine Bleakley 'happy' with BBC
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 June 2010
Christine Bleakley is planning to stay at the BBC because she is looking forward to working with Jason Manford
Christine Bleakley is "happy" to stay at the BBC.
The 'One Show' presenter has dismissed speculation she is to sign a new contract with rival network ITV and has reportedly promised her current bosses she will sign a new two-year deal worth £1 million when she returns from holiday later this month.
She is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "I'm so happy here. I'm staying put, absolutely. I don't want to go anywhere."
The Irish host is delighted with her new 'One Show' co-host Jason Manford and believes they can have as strong a partnership as she had with Adrian Chiles.
She added: "I love Jason. I've met him a few times and our rapport is getting better all the time.
"I love funny men, guys who don't take themselves too seriously. The first time I met him, we were interviewing him on the show and he was dressed as the Tin Man - you can't not like that, can you? He will be brilliant.
"I'm confident our chemistry will be as good as the one Adrian and I shared - we just need time."
Christine was offered a reported £6 million four-year deal to recreate her partnership with Adrian on 'GMTV' but BBC chiefs insist she was never swayed by the money.
A source said: "Christine did not want a megabucks, golden handcuffs deal as she did not want the pressure that comes with it. She is hugely popular within the BBC and we have absolute faith in her."
Christine's new deal will begin in September when her current £100,000-a-year contract expires.