Christine Bleakley shrugged off Daybreak’s languishing ratings as a mere “teething problem”, shortly after being crowned top TV host at a Women of the Year awards event.
The 31-year-old presenter’s win came in spite of figures released last week showing that just 530,000 viewers are tuning in to watch ITV’s troubled breakfast show – a third of the audience for its BBC rival, Breakfast.
Defending the low viewing figures after taking the gong at last night’s Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year awards, she said: “We’re having a great time and it’s unfortunate other people don’t quite believe in us yet.
“But it’s a tough sort of job and we always knew it was going to be and that’s not a shock to us at all.
“Any wee show has its teething problems and that’s kind of how we see it.”
Bleakley said she was “chuffed” to be named Ultimate TV Presenter at the ceremony, but admitted she is struggling to curtail her late nights now she is fronting a breakfast TV show.
“I try to be sensible these days, it’s not my natural way, I’ll be honest, but I’m trying to get to bed reasonably early,” she added.
Among the other winners at the star-studded event at the Banqueting House in London, was Doctor Who beauty Karen Gillan, who took home the Ultimate UK TV Actress award.
She said: “This is my first ever award so it will always hold a special place. I’m really nervous right now. It was quite daunting getting up there but it’s incredible and so unexpected.”
The actress refused to confirm or deny whether her character Amy Pond will be killed off in the next series, even though Doctor Who star Matt Smith said he would never let it happen.
Fellow redhead, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts – who launched her own make-up range for pale skin this year – was named Ultimate Fashionista.
Roberts’ bandmate Kimberley Walsh also attended the event, as she was on a panel of celebrity judges who selected the winners of the awards recognising the bravery and achievements of the nation’s non-celebrity women.
Walsh was joined on the panel by Cosmopolitan editor Louise Court, Cosmopolitan’s agony aunt Irma Kurtz, The Apprentice advisor and businesswoman Karren Brady, TV presenter Reggie Yates and former Spice Girl Mel B.
Grime artist Dizzee Rascal was presented with the Ultimate Man of the Year award, while former Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star Sheridan Smith picked up the Ultimate Theatre Star award for her role in the West End hit Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke picked up the award for Ultimate UK Music Star and TV presenter Fearne Cotton, who last year climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief and recently took part in a celebrity trek around Peru for Breast Cancer Care, was named Ultimate Celebrity Who Made Us Care.
American model Crystal Renn was given the Ultimate Catwalk Queen award. She has written an autobiography, Hungry, about her battle with anorexia after getting into the industry and become a successful plus-size model.