Alex Jones claims The One Show ‘wasn’t right’ for Matt Baker ‘at that stage in his life’

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The One Show presenter Alex Jones, 43, has said that the show wasn’t the right fit for her co-host Matt Baker, 43, before he left last year. In an exclusive chat with, the Welsh TV personality claimed that the BBC show “wasn’t right for him at that stage in his life”.

Matt and I will always be in each other’s lives

Alex Jones

The star revealed why she thinks the show “wasn’t right” for Matt, while also discussing AXA Health’s Feelgood Health campaign.

Alex spent nearly a decade next to Countryfile host Matt on the famous green sofa before he called it a day and left his co-host to present the show alongside new faces every week.

However, the former Tumble presenter reveals that the pair are still close friends and attributes Matt’s departure to wanting “a different pace of life”.

Alex said: “Me and Matt are definitely in touch.

“Matt and I will always be in each other’s lives, because you can’t do a stint like that with somebody and suddenly disappear.”

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But The One Show host said that Matt’s departure was down to the presenter wanting “a different pace of life”.

She said: “It 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.”

However, for the Welsh presenter living so close to the studio means she is able to have a healthy balance of both family and work life.

Alex stated: “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.”

She continued: “Matt’s really creative and I think he wanted a bit more time to do that.

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“I think he felt he just needed some breathing space, which is fair enough.

Despite not sitting with her former co-host on the green sofa anymore, Alex reveals she still sees him all the time – on the TV.

“We watch him on Countryfile every night, I’m literally there, we’re there, Countryfile, Antiques Roadshow, cheese on toast, night night.”

However, there is one thing that The One Show host doesn’t miss about her former presenter.

Alex joked: “He’s [Matt’s] very organised, he would turn up to the studio with notes, scripts, highlighters and a stapler and I would literally have nothing.

“I was like, ‘I’ve got a biscuit, what are we going to do?'”

However, Alex attributes the show’s success to the difference in hers and Matt’s characters: “The end result was always the same goal, we were very conscientious in that way of wanting the show to be the best, but he was definitely a stickler for knowing what we we’re going to ask.

“I’m more of a kind of ‘let’s make it up a bit’, that was the difference between us, but that’s why it works, because you need a bit of both.”

The AXA campaign promotes the idea of feeling healthy by taking care of both body and mind through day to day activities. AXA have teamed up with Spotify to produce stress-relieving and mood-boosting playlists for every activity.

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