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Matt Baker announces he is leaving The One Show

Matt Baker is leaving The One Show (Ian West/PA)
Matt Baker is leaving The One Show (Ian West/PA)

Matt Baker has announced that he is leaving The One Show after nine years.

The presenter, 41, shared his news on Wednesday’s instalment of the BBC One programme.

He said in a statement: “I’ve loved that The One Show has been such a big part of my life for the last nine years.

“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.”

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, added: “I would like to thank Matt for his nine years presenting The One Show, he has given so much to the show over that time.

“His warmth and wit have helped to create many magical moments on the sofa.

“He has a great connection with BBC One viewers and will continue to play an important role on the channel on Sunday nights in Countryfile and with BBC Sport on our Gymnastics coverage. We look forward to working with him on other programmes in the future.”

Baker joined the show in 2011 and hosted alongside Alex Jones.

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