Adrian Chiles: “Des Lynam supported BBC defection”

New GMTV host Adrian Chiles has revealed that he made the move from the BBC to ITV because sports commentator Des Lynam said he should.

It seems that following a row over Chris Evans hosting The One Show on Friday evenings – which Adrian wasn’t happy about – he spoke with Des who advised that he was “doing the right thing” when he told him he was taking the ITV job.

In The Sun, Adrian discussed the conversation he’d had with Des and said, “In the end I said, ‘I’m going’, and he said, ‘I think you’re doing the right thing’.

“To me, that’s as good as anything.”

And as well as fronting GMTV, Adrian has begun commentating on World Cup matches, and after his first outing on Monday, it seems Des texted him to say ‘well done.’

Adrian said, “I texted him back and said if I could frame that text, I would.

“It’s tough to get it right. He said, ‘Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s easy’.

“Now he’s suggested that I’ve kind of got it right, then the pressure is kind of off.

“BBC people were also very kind and sent me texts saying, ‘Well done’.”

He also admitted to being nervous about his first shot at “doing live football” and said,
“Even though I’ve done an enormous amount of live TV, I’m more or less a complete novice when it comes to doing live football.

“In all my time at the BBC I did one match, and that was Tamworth v Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup – and I ballsed it up!

“On Monday I was plainly frightened to death. I was in a suit and tie on the hottest day and changed my shirt three times before I started.

“The frightening thing here with GMTV and the football is everyone is saying, ‘You’re going to be great’.

“I don’t do optimism – it’s part of being a West Brom supporter. I hate dealing with high expectations. So I was really pleased to get Monday out of the way.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.