Carla Romano angry over GMTV axe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 August 2010
Carla Romano

Carla Romano

Carla Romano - former showbiz correspondent for 'GMTV'- thinks bosses made the wrong decision to replace the show with new programme 'Daybreak'

Carla Romano thinks 'GMTV' bosses made a mistake getting rid of the programme.

The showbiz specialist - who spent over 10 years at the ITV1 show before leaving when the recent shake up was announced - admits she doesn't believe the decision to rebrand the breakfast show with the new 'Daybreak' format was the right one.

She said: "It was hard to say goodbye, but it's not 'GMTV' anymore. I loved the way it was. I don't think it was time for change and it's definitely the end of an era. But I have made some great friends."

The TV presenter admits TV bosses had wanted her to be involved in the new show, but she was unwilling to relocate from Los Angeles to London.

She explained to Closer magazine: "They wanted me to come back to London but my whole life is in Los Angeles. It was a big decision but returning wasn't an option for me."

'Daybreak' will be fronted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley when it launches in September.

The new-look programme will include "lifestyle features", "credible journalism" and exclusive interviews from a state-of-the-art studio.

Carla admitted that she will miss her former colleagues, especially former host Kate Garraway who will take on the role of 'Daybreak's new Entertainment Editor.

She said: "We had an absolute riot. On a commercial break we would rip into each other. I'd say to Kate: 'What the f**k are you wearing? You've got huge earrings on, you look a right dog'..Then the producer would say, 'Ok we're coming back in three!' and I'd turn to the camera and be like 'Hi, we're live from Hollywood!' Because we're good friends we could do that."


1. Pammie24 Aug 2010, 6:35pm Report

I agree entirely with Carla. GMTV is a household name - it was terrible when Fiona left and hasn't quite been the same since - not sure if I'm even going to bother watching the new format. All the stars know GMTV and willingly talk to reporters, who's going to know Daybreak - and who thought of that name??!!!!!!!! It's just like most companies, people sit up in their ivory towers thinking "let's change this", "let's get rid of ..?? whoever", and then the whole think goes to pot. I think the hierarchy should listen to the people who actually watch their programmes and what they like and want to see. I love the banter and the easy way the show is presented - so ordinary people can relate to the presenters and don't feel like they are being spoken down to. There's enough sadness in the world without another morning programme being serious and all doom and gloom. Hope they lose their ratings!!

2. loz24 Aug 2010, 10:19pm Report

gmtv seem to have lost the plot getting rid of the best presenters for a self obssesed wag new bosses seem to think they have to make changes to make a name for themselves which often doent work i hope one of the other channels make a morning programe like gmtv is now

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