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The One Show's Alex Jones says emotional goodbye to co-star Matt Baker after nine years

Matt's last episode will air on Tuesday night

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Sharnaz Shahid
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Alex Jones has revealed that Tuesday's show of The One Show is going to be emotional as she prepares to say goodbye to her co-host Matt Baker. The presenter, who has fronted the BBC show alongside Matt for nine years, posted a throwback snap of the pair to mark their final appearance together. "Goodbyes are always hard @mattbakerofficial so it's gonna be a tough @bbconeshow tonight," she wrote. "Join us at 7pm... we might all need some tissues." [sic]

matt baker alex jones selfie© Photo: Instagram

Alex Jones shared this photo with Matt Baker

Matt's final episode will see him present from home as he is still in quarantine after a family member showed coronavirus symptoms. Fans of the pair immediately rushed to express their sadness over the host's departure, with one saying: "Very sad to see Matt leave, yes you are a fabulous team." Another remarked: "Big (virtual!) hugs to you both, he will definitely be missed. Hope you can all have a proper celebration when this has all passed." A third fan also suggested: "You will need to have @mattbakerofficial as a guest on The One Show @alexjonesthomson after all this madness is over, for an official goodbye."

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After Matt shared his news back in December, Alex has since admitted no-one has been hired to permanently fill his seat. Instead, show bosses have decided, for the time being, to introduce a new host every week following Matt's departure. "We decided that we aren’t going to rush into a decision of who to replace him," Alex recently told the Sun's TV Mag. "Matt nailed it, but it’s a hard job. And it's got to be someone I can have a laugh with."

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The 43-year-old added: "We’ll probably have guest hosts a week at a time over summer. We’ve been racking our brains and there are lists and lists [of people], but I think the right person will become obvious in their own way." As for who Alex would love to see sat next to her on the sofa, she said: "There are loads of presenters and comedians I would love to see doing it permanently – my dream co-host is an amalgamation of different people – but they have got commitments. I’m hoping the universe will send the right person."

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