Matt Baker

Tearful Matt Baker quits The One Show live on air

The news comes the same day Alex Jones announced her return

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Matt Baker has quit The One Show, in a shock move for viewers.

The 41-year-old television presenter fought back the tears in Wednesday (04.12.19) night’s episode as he announced hat he would be stepping away from the BBC One show at the beginning of 2020 after hosting it for nine years.

As the programme drew to a close, Matt said: “‘I would like to take this opportunity to say that at this time of year I like to stop, reflect and take stock.

“The One Show has been a massive part of my life for almost a decade now, and I have loved every second of being a part of it, but I am leaving this green sofa in the spring.

“It’s time to give someone else the opportunity to see how big-hearted and generous you, the viewers, really are.

“It’s something I get to witness every year.

“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart… now I finally get to put my kids to bed.

“Thank you everyone for the most random, wonderful nine years.”

Matt Baker and Angela Scanlon
Matt (with Angela Scanlon) will be on the show until the spring (Credit: BBC)

Although he has decided to walk away from The One Show, Matt will continue to present BBC’s Countryfile and do the sport coverage for BBC Sport.

He said in a statement: “It’s been brilliant to showcase the eclectic mix of Britain, meet incredible people along the way and witness so many lives changed with the annual Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.

“I’d like to thank all those I’ve worked with over the years and especially you the viewer for showing me so much support during my time on the green sofa.

“I’m continuing with Countryfile and BBC Sport and excited about other opportunities that come my way but most of all I’m looking forward to having dinner with my family and being able to put my kids to bed.”

Viewers love Matt and Alex together (Credit: BBC)

Meanwhile, earlier we reported when co-host Alex Jones would be returning to the early evening magazine programme.

“I’ve decided to go back to the @bbctheoneshow in January after the Christmas break,” she revealed to fans.

So viewers will have a little time to see the dream team back in action, at least.

Read more: The One Show’s Alex Jones shares adorable snap of baby Kit smiling in a pair of shades 

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