Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles bid farewell to Daybreak

The on-screen couple make a low-key exit after 15 months fronting the ITV breakfast show

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Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles bid farewell to Daybreak
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Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles presented their final episode of Daybreak this morning after little more than a year fronting the show. 

ITV announced in November that the pair would soon be leaving the show to “focus on peak-time commitments.”

"I'm off to concentrate on the football and Christine is being put on ice," said Chiles, before signing off with a cheery, "Bye for now."

Bleakley said: "That is just about it from us, good luck, have a great Christmas, bye bye."

Lorraine Kelly added: "Good luck, guys, we will miss you."

Daybreak was launched in September 2011, replacing GMTV as the network's breakfast show. However, soon after launch the programme’s viewing figures plummeted, with its presenters shouldering the blame for the show's rapidly declining audience.

Bleakley and Chiles, who had made their names as a presenting duo on The One Show on BBC1, were criticised for a lack of on-screen chemistry and were individually derided by some critics for appearing respectively vacuous and grumpy.

Chiles will continue to be the face of ITV’s football coverage, while Bleakley recently replaced the departing Holly Willoughby as the host of Dancing on Ice.

In a statement last week, Bleakley appeared upbeat about leaving the show, saying: “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."

Daybreak will be covered by guest presenters until ITV announce a permanent replacement for its departing hosts.

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