'It's the right time for me to move on': Daybreak's weather presenter Kirsty McCabe is axed from the ITV breakfast show
Kirsty McCabe is latest Daybreak casualty as she has been axed from the beleaguered breakfast programme.
The 36-year-old weather and environment presenter left the programme yesterday, ITV confirmed.
A Daybreak spokesman admitted: 'Kirsty is leaving Daybreak to pursue other opportunities and we wish her all the best.'
Miss McCabe, who is married with a young baby, said she was looking for work with more family friendly working hours.
No more sunshine: Weather presenter Kirsty McCabe has been axed from ITV breakfast show Daybreak
Miss McCabe added: ‘I have had the time of my life presenting the weather for GMTV/Daybreak but all good things must come to an end and it’s the right time for me to move on. I’ve enjoyed three fantastic years at the channel.
‘The last six months have been particularly challenging, juggling 330am starts with my very lively and very gorgeous one-year-old son Ethan.
'So I’m mulling over a couple of opportunities where the hours fit in better with my life as a working mum. I’ll miss my GMTV/Daybreak family and will take away some terrific memories.’
She is the latest to be dropped from the show, which replaced GMTV in September 2010.
Newsreader Tasmin Khan was also axed as were the main presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.
Day job: But Kirsty will no longer be giving viewers their early morning forecast
Executives are still in talks about how to change the show to win back viewers but current presenters Dan Lobb and Kate Garraway are seen as a safe hands for the moment.
Eamonn Holmes had been a contender to take over but he recently signed a new deal with Sky, while Natasha Kaplinsky has also been tipped to join the show.
After years of dwindling ratings for GMTV, executives at ITV had hoped that Daybreak would bring in bumper audiences and rival BBC Breakfast, which regularly gets 1.4 million viewers.
But despite a huge marketing campaign and 15 million set and style overhaul, and a bloodbath of veteran presenters in favour of Chiles and Miss Bleakley, it struggled to capture viewer’s attention.
Many complained the content was too lightweight, the presenters lacked chemistry and Chiles in particular was not suited to breakfast programming.
All the gang: Kirsty (back row, far right) is the latest Daybreak casualty
In an interview with the Daily Mail last month, he conceded: ‘Looking back on it, am I right for breakfast TV I thought I was dead right for it, and now I think I was probably dead wrong.
‘What housewife wants to look at me in the mornings A lot of blame has to come to my door. To my detriment, I never watched breakfast TV,’ the star explained.
He insisted they were wrong to axe Miss Bleakley, who has now replaced Holly Willoughby as the host of Dancing on Ice.
Chiles still fronts ITV’s football coverage as well as his Sunday night talk show.
He said: ‘I’ve learned so much about television in the last 18 months. I’m a better and much more experienced broadcaster than if I’d stayed at the BBC. With ITV you live and die by the sword, but I haven’t got a problem with that. I’m battered, but not broken, and, ultimately, I still feel very lucky.’