Adrian Chiles And Christine Bleakley Leave 'Daybreak'

Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley laughed and joked as they bowed out of Daybreak.

The axed pair made a low key exit as hosts of the ITV1 breakfast show, wishing viewers a happy Christmas and paying tribute to the work of both on-air colleagues and production staff.

"I'm off to concentrate on the football and Christine is being put on ice," Adrian quipped, referring to Christine's new Dancing On Ice role, before he told viewers: "Bye for now."

Christine 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, Adrian and Christine 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. It was widely thought that the audience failed to warm to the two hosts, who launched the show last year.

Christine, 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."