Adrian Chiles feels the chill as he leaves morning TV studio for last time with zip undone
OUSTED Daybreak host Adrian Chiles must have felt out in the cold this morning as he walked away from the studio with his zip undone.
He and axed co-host Christine Bleakley laughed and joked as they bowed out of the show with a low-key exit today.
And as they strode away from the ITV1 morning show's studio, the fly of Chiles's jeans had clearly plummeted even lower than the show's ratings.
The duo were dropped from the programme just 15 months after they launched Daybreak, with viewers apparently failing to warm to them. They had been due to continue for several weeks but their departure date was brought forward.
They said farewell to viewers and thanked production staff as their stint ended.
"I'm off to concentrate on the football and Christine is being put on ice," Chiles quipped, referring to Bleakley's new Dancing On Ice role, before he told viewers: "Bye for now."
Bleakley said: "That is just about it from us, good luck, have a great Christmas, bye bye."
As the pair signed off, presenter Lorraine Kelly said: "Good luck guys, we will miss you."
Earlier, Chiles and Bleakley seemed in high spirits as they enjoyed a joke with broadcasters Tony Blackburn and Chris Tarrant and unveiled "Christmas cuties" pictures of family, friends and pets sent in by viewers to decorate the Daybreak Christmas tree.
Their exit was confirmed in November after the show struggled to improve on the audience for its predecessor GMTV.
Bleakley, 32, said last week that she was relishing the prospect of enjoying her evenings again, instead of going to bed early.
She said: "I won't miss the 3am starts, I'm going to be honest with you. Or going to bed early either - probably that even more than getting up.
"It will be nice to let my hair down a bit more and enjoy life more now that time schedules will be different and I don't have to get up at 3am midweek.
"So I might start going out more midweek and enjoy my evenings again."
ITV have said that both presenters will focus on other "peak-time commitments" on the channel.
Chiles's priority will be his role as anchor for live football coverage, FA Cup action, England internationals and the Uefa Champions League.
His series That Sunday Night Show will also return for a third run next year.
Bleakley will co-host Dancing On Ice alongside Phillip Schofield. She replaces Holly Willoughby, who is to take a presenting role on BBC1's The Voice.
She will also host a Westlife special and co-present a new charity Christmas special Text Santa for ITV. Other projects in the pipeline include a "factual entertainment challenge show" and a home renovation programme.
The pair had won plaudits for their on-screen chemistry on the One Show and it was hoped they would recreate the magic in their new roles.
But within weeks of the Daybreak launch it was barely able to match GMTV's audience, and drawing only half that of rival BBC Breakfast.
The new presenters of Daybreak have yet to be announced.