Matt Baker may not be replaced on The One Show Alex Jones says, amid ‘impossible’ dilemma

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Countryfile star Matt Baker, 43, may never be replaced on The One Show, according to his former co-host Alex Jones, 43, who addressed the situation in an exclusive chat with The BBC presenter left at the end of March last year after looking for a “different pace of life”, leaving Welsh presenter Alex with a new face sitting next to her on the famous green sofa every week.

I think we’ll keep going really, like this

Alex Jones

The current main host of the programme has revealed why she thinks Matt won’t be replaced on the show, while also discussing AXA Health’s Feelgood Health campaign.

Speaking about her former host’s exit, Alex said: “At the beginning after Matt left we sort of thought naturally we need to replace him, but as time has kind of gone on we sort of enjoy this system.”

Since the Countryfile star’s exit, Alex has co-presented with the likes of Gavin Jones, Michael Ball, Ronan Keating and Rylan Clark-Neal.

Continuing to discuss the show’s current format, she said: “It means that, because a lot of those people have different commitments, they can dip in and out [of the show] and it’s really nice to see them when they come and do a week or do a few days here and there”.

However, the Welsh presenter revealed that choosing a new, permanent presenter to replace Matt would be “impossible”.

She said: “At the minute it would be impossible, it would be like choosing a child, I couldn’t.”

Alex also made the surprise admission that fans of the show seem to prefer the new format with new faces presenting every week.

The presenter continued: “I think, and they’ve asked our audience what they think because that’s the key, and they kind of like it as well.

“So for now, until life is a little bit more settled, I think we’ll keep going really like this.”

Alex labelled the past year as her “favourite year of the job” and also likened hosting with a new colleague every week to catching up with a “friend”.

“I feel lucky because nobody’s seeing their friends.

“Not much happens in lockdown. It’s always the same, so having all these different people in has kept it [the show] quite fresh.

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“Now we’ve got regular faces that interchange, we’ve all become really good friends and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

She continued: “Looking back, it’s been my favourite year of the job, it’s been really fun actually.”

Alex also revealed that the reason Matt left the magazine show was because he “wanted a different pace of life” in the country.

She said: “It [The One Show] wasn’t right for him at that stage in his life.

“We are quite different people in many ways, Matt didn’t really want to come into London on a daily basis, he’s not a city person.”

She continued: “He wanted to be out in the country and I think he wanted a different pace of life, which is fine.”

“But with me, with two small children, the fact that I can be with them in the morning and then go and do a job in the afternoon that’s literally 30 minutes away in the car is perfect.

“So we just needed different things at the time.”

Alex Jones is the face of AXA Health’s Feelgood Health campaign. For more information and to create your unique motivational playlists, visit AXA Health’s Feelgood Health Hub.

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