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Tearful Matt Baker announces he is leaving The One Show

Matt Baker is stepping down as host of The One Show after nine years. 

The presenter, 41, fought back tears during Wednesday’s episode as he announced that he would be leaving the programme in the new year, thanking fans and viewers for their support over the years.

Closing the episode with an emotional speech, Matt welled up as he mused: ‘I have loved every second of being a part of it’. 

Emotional: Matt Baker is stepping down as host of The One Show after nine years. The presenter, 41, made the announcement with an emotional speech on Wednesday

Matt made his One Show debut as a guest presenter in November 2010, returning in January 2011 full-time as Jason Manford’s replacement. 

Since then, he has hosted the teatime programme Monday to Thursday alongside co-host Alex Jones, who is currently on maternity leave, but will return in the New Year. 

It has not yet been announced who will replace Matt.  

Discussing his departure, Matt began: ‘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.’

End of an era: Matt made his One Show debut as a guest presenter in November 2010, returning in January 2011 full-time as Alex Jones' co-host

End of an era: Matt made his One Show debut as a guest presenter in November 2010, returning in January 2011 full-time as Alex Jones’ co-host

Matt then referenced the annual charity Rickshaw Challenge, which sees Matt join a team of youngsters in cycling across the UK to raise money for Children In Need. 

He continued: ‘[Viewer generosity] is something I get to witness every year. When you help to change the life of so many vulnerable youngsters, the rickshaw challenge for Children In Need. 

‘All that support that you show us, you will never really understand how much that means to me. So I’d like to thank you, and I’d like to pay a huge tribute to all those who have ridden over the last nine years.

Referencing his co-host Alex Jones, who joined The One Show in 2010, a year before Matt, he continued: ‘Of course, I’d like to thank Alex who I’ve shared this sofa with for all of these years.

Charitable: Matt broke down discussing the viewers generosity with the annual charity Rickshaw Challenge, which sees Matt join a team of youngsters in cycling across the UK to raise money for Children In Need

Charitable: Matt broke down discussing the viewers generosity with the annual charity Rickshaw Challenge, which sees Matt join a team of youngsters in cycling across the UK to raise money for Children In Need

‘And the teams of people who work on the show all around the UK the ones you don’t get to see, the researchers, the producers, the studio crew, everyone that makes this show feel like a massive massive family. 

‘I’m going to miss you all very much indeed and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

‘I’m looking forward most of all to spending evenings with my wife Nicola and putting my kids to bed of an evening.’ 

Still around: Despite stepping down from The One Show, Matt will continue to present BBC 's Countryfile and sport coverage

Still around: Despite stepping down from The One Show, Matt will continue to present BBC ‘s Countryfile and sport coverage

Matt will continue to present BBC’s Countryfile and sport coverage.

Matt 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.’ 

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: ‘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.’

Three's company: Matt began his One Show career in 2011 alongside Alex and Chris Evans - who left the show himself in July 2015

Three’s company: Matt began his One Show career in 2011 alongside Alex and Chris Evans – who left the show himself in July 2015

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