GMTV presenter Emma Crosby (opens in new tab) is the latest to find she has been axed from the show. She is being dropped from the ITV1 morning show as programme bosses prepare for a relaunch with new hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley. Crosby, who joined the breakfast programme from Sky News, learned earlier this week that she would be leaving. An ITV source said: "I can confirm she is going." Other familiar faces who have been part of the wave of exits have included Andrew Castle and Ben Shephard. Long-serving star Penny Smith left the sofa a month ago. The programme is soon to undergo a major revamp and rebrand which will see the GMTV name disappear. Chiles signed up with ITV after falling out with BBC bosses and quitting The One Show. He has also been leading ITV1's World Cup coverage. Bleakley followed him after toying with offers from both the BBC and ITV, which she said had left her 'torn'. But eventually the BBC tired of her delays and withdrew its offer.
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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