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The One Show's Alex Jones shares emotional tribute to departing co-star Matt Baker

His last episode

Alex Jones has shared an emotional tribute to Matt Baker on social media as he leaves the The One Show.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (March 31) ahead of Matt's final episode, the Welsh star had her fans in tears as she admitted goodbyes are "always hard".

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She shared a snap of herself with Matt in a coastal area, sea stretching out behind them as they beamed for the camera.

"Goodbyes are always hard @mattbakerofficial," she wrote, tagging her pal. "So it's gonna be a tough @bbctheoneshow tonight."

Matt Baker's last episode of The One Show

"Join us at 7pm... we might all need some tissues," Alex added, alongside a broken heart emoji.

The One Show's Alex Jones shared an emotional tribute to her departing co-star Matt Baker (Credit:

Her followers rushed to comment on the snap, many of them including tearful emojis.

One said: "We will all miss Matt, he's so lovely and you both seem to get on so well."

Matt is the Gold Standard of the BBC TV presenters!

Another replied: "Good luck, Matt, in your next venture. Stay safe x."

A third admitted. "Not sure I can watch!"

"I'm crying already!" commented a fourth.

Fans are going to miss him

Someone else said: "Big (virtual!) hugs to you both, he will definitely be missed."

"Matt is the Gold Standard of the BBC TV presenters!" wrote a sixth, adding, "Gonna be missed on The One Show. All the best!"

Matt fought back tears when he announced his decision to step away from the programme live on air last year.

Matt Baker announced his decision to quit The One Show in December (Credit: BBC)

As the programme drew to a close on December 4, Matt told viewers: "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.

No permanent replacement?

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

Matt is moving on to pastures new after tonight (Credit:

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"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 will reportedly not be replaced by a permanent presenter when he leave The One Show.

According to a source quoted by The Sun, the programme will instead call on a pool of stand-in hosts, which could include presenters such as Marvin Humes, Michael Ball and Patrick Kielty.

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