Adrian Chiles 'driven off' BBC

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 September 2010
Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

TV presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles claim they would have been happy to stay on 'The One Show' but were driven off by BBC chiefs

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley claim they were driven off 'The One Show' by BBC chiefs.

The duo claim they would have been happy to stay on the BBC One programme but felt they had no option but to leave.

Adrian, 43, said it was an "impossible situation" after they were hit with a barrage of changes which included hiring Chris Evans to host a Friday night special of the show.

Speaking together for the first time since leaving 'The One Show', Adrian said: "Nothing needed to change but obviously change was suggested on 'The One Show'. I couldn't live with and that's why I left.

"We were both put under intolerable pressure. Christine was in an impossible situation."

The chat show pair - who have moved to ITV1 to front new breakfast show 'Daybreak' - also claim the BBC show had "lost its soul" and are furious they were made out by their former bosses to be money grabbers.

Adrian accepted a £6million deal to move to ITV1 in April, with Christine following for £4million two months later. However, he alleges the stories the duo had "jumped ship" for bigger pay packets was simply made up and leaked by their former bosses.

Adrian explained: "I was, we were both very happy to stay, didn't want any more money, just wanted to carry on doing a successful programme exactly like we had.

"They are trying to portray it as a classic big-money move to ITV, which couldn't be further from the truth.

"I resent it being portrayed like that because it makes you look money-motivated and greedy."

Christine also claims she moved to ITV1 so she could retain her on-screen presenting relationship with Adrian.

She said: "The first day he left I thought, 'I've lost my right arm here.' Suddenly everything I knew and loved changed overnight."

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