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Christine Bleakley will not return to The One Show

Christine Bleakley
Image caption The BBC eventually withdrew Bleakley's contract offer

Presenter Christine Bleakley will not return to The One Show when the programme comes back from its break next week, the BBC has said.

In June, it was announced the star was defecting to ITV to front the new-look GMTV programme.

A BBC statement said: "We have agreed she will not be returning."

Stand-in presenters will host the programme until August when Jason Manford starts along with a new female co-host.

The BBC said: "Following the BBC's decision to withdraw its offer of an extended contract to Christine Bleakley, we have agreed she will not be returning to The One Show.

"The BBC would like to take this opportunity to thank Christine for her contribution to the show and to wish her well."

The BBC said it had been screen-testing female presenters to find Bleakley's replacement. An announcement is expected over the next few weeks.

In May, comedian Manford was announced as Adrian Chiles' replacement.

Chiles, who had fronted the show since its inception in 2006, left the BBC days after it was decided Chris Evans would present the show on Fridays.

Bleakley left the BBC after the corporation eventually withdrew its offer for her to remain on The One Show following a public statement made by the star in which she said she was torn over where her future lay.

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