Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley have refused to speak to Chris Evans over his job on The One Show, the presenter says.
The Radio 2 DJ claims that Adrian – who quit the BBC after Chris was parachuted in to the programme to host the Friday slot – had told him he wanted to stop doing the show at the end of the week.
He told Heat magazine that before Christine followed Adrian to ITV, she had given the impression that she wanted to ‘establish herself in her own right’.
Chris said he got on extremely well with the pair – staying out until 3am – after he was a guest on the show last year.
The Radio 2 Breakfast DJ said: “Adrian told me he didn’t like doing Fridays. He told me this directly.”
“He didn’t want to give up Match Of The Day 2 on Sundays, but the Friday show was a hassle.
“Bear in mind that he and Christine had hit this stellar fame for the first time and he was talking about giving up a chunk of it. I thought that was odd, but I also know that when you’re in the middle of that kind of thing, you won’t be told.”
Chris said that soon after their night out, he was called by the boss of The One Show who asked him if he would like to present the Friday programme.
He said of the offer: “I totally understood, because I’d just had that conversation with Adrian about Fridays being a drag.”