Alex Jones: The One Show host in candid admission about ‘very sad’ Matt Baker news

Alex Jones, 43, has revealed she found Matt Baker’s, 42, decision to leave The One Show to be “very sad”. The presenter admitted she has “been top every night thinking about” her co-host’s departure since the beginning of this month.

She told The Sun’s TV Mag: “It’s very sad. From the first day in March, I’ve been up every night thinking about it. 

“We’ve sat next to each other for nearly a decade. 

“I always know what he’s going to say and when he’s going to speak just by the way he moves his arms, or the way he breathes.”

Alex went on to say the programme are struggling to find a replacement for Matt.

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The television personality added: “We decided that we aren’t going to rush into a decision of who to replace him. 

“Matt nailed it, but it’s a hard job. And it’s got to be someone I can have a laugh with.

“We’ll probably have guest hosts a week at a time over summer. We’ve been racking our brains and there are lists and lists [of people], but I think the right person will become obvious in their own way.”

In spite of Matt’s move away from the show, Alex insisted she is happy to stay in her hosting role.

The star explained: “I’ve had nearly a year away to be a full-time mother [to baby Kit and three-year old Teddy], so I feel like I’ve had a break and am completely refreshed.

“I would like to stay for the foreseeable future. It’s my dream job.

“The last decade of my life has been the most defining for me: I met my husband; we bought our first house and moved to London; we had both of our children. Everything has happened while I’ve been on the show.”

Matt told viewers about his plans to leave The One Show during an episode of the programme in December last year.

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After fronting the show for nine years, he said: “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 going to be leaving this green sofa in the spring.”

Matt is currently unable to be with Alex in the studio, as he is working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak after one of his family members came down with a cough.

Alex recently told Zoe Ball that his exit is “bad timing” amid the pandemic during an appearance on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show.

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The Welsh presenter said: “It’s just bad timing because Matt was leaving anyway on Tuesday and he has had to follow guidelines like we all do. 

“He had to isolate. So I don’t really know what the plan is.”

Discussing his departure from The One Show, Alex commented: “Obviously in the future, when we’re all back to normal, hopefully in the not too distant future we’ll do something really special [for him].

“Give him a proper send off that he deserves because he’s given so much to that show over the last decade and I’ll find it really strange sitting next to somebody else.”

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John Sergeant: ‘It’s my wife on the front line now… as a Samaritan’

But now John Sergeant reveals that it’s his devoted wife Mary Smithies who is out in the frontline, as a volunteer for the Samaritans. John, who was also a hit on Strictly Come Dancing, says Mary is working long days while he, as an over-70, is forced to self-isolate. He said: “I am 75 but I am not high risk in that I don’t have an underlying health condition but even saying the words ‘high risk’ sounds exciting and I can imagine being out there going ‘Stand aside’ and then flashing my press card.

“But those days are long gone and now it’s about my wife who is doing her own bit to tackle the coronavirus as a volunteer for the Samaritans working 12-hour shifts.”

Last week, the Samaritans, which has been classed as an “essential service”, vowed to keep its call lines open during the coronavirus pandemic after suspected suicides of a nurse and infected patients and John admits how proud he is of his wife in supporting those affected.

“Every day she goes out on her shift but the only problem is that I have to do the cooking because that is part of the deal and then she behaves like, ‘It’s been a hard day at the office’.

“Bless her, she has worked incredibly hard and, for now, we are both OK until one of us catches it, which will be a disaster.

“Mary is the most amazing cook but, for now, I’ve had to learn new skills which involve things like deboning and stuffing a shoulder of lamb or making the perfect beef and ale pie, so I’ve certainly gained a few notches on my apron strings.

“I’ve always secretly loved cooking. A couple of nights ago I made sea bass fillets with ratatouille sauce. It was delicious.” John has urged the supermarkets to do more to help make sure everyone gets what they need.

“I don’t think you want ration books but what you want is the supermarkets to keep purchase restrictions to a maximum of three of each item,” he says. “I went to buy paracetamol and was told I could only have two packs.”

Having recently celebrated his 51st wedding anniversary, John admits he was lucky to enjoy a weekend with Mary (with whom he has two grown up sons) in France before lockdown.

“I’m so relieved we managed to celebrate our anniversary before the lockdown and we managed to get to Lyon in January. For some reason, we decided to get married on January 4 and we thought it was a normal time.

“We could never have imagine that France a month after our trip would be on lockdown and that is so extraordinary. It is not so much surreal but it is definitely unreal.

“But I feel so grateful that I have got Mary by my side. Life is stable and we’ve been together a long time and we’ve lived together for a long time and we don’t get under one another’s feet and annoy one another.

“We are coping well and in a way it is blissfuly simple. I go out and buy the food and walk to the shops and we watch television sometimes in the afternoon.

“We passed that compatibility test a long time ago so life in that sense is much simpler. We have always got on incredibly well, we work naturally together.”

John isn’t simply putting his feet up – he’s just been in Channel 5’s two-part Celebrity Murder Mystery, which wound up last night, alongside Angela Rippon, Sue Pollard and Keith Duffy.

As well as solving the mystery, John, never one to take himself too seriously, also had to try flower arranging, house cleaning 1920s-style and enjoying an absinthe-fuelled Charleston party.

One thing John is incredulous about is how he still gets stopped and asked about Strictly, even though it was 11 years ago. He left the show in his tenth week after a campaign to keep him in that he believes could have backfired.

“Instead of people shouting: ‘How are you John?’ they would be shouting ‘Why did you win’ or ‘You shouldn’t have won you swine’. I couldn’t have had that.

“People think that I was sacked or that I stormed off but I just bowed out graciously.

“I’ll never forget when this guy stopped me near Broadcasting House, he was responsible for audience research and he said, ‘I’ve got a picture of you on my wall’. I said, ‘Oh, why is that?’ and he said, ‘I’ve been doing monitoring for Strictly for years checking audience reaction’ and I said, ‘Do you think I could have won?’ And he said, ‘I don’t think you would have won but you could have been in the final’. So was I right? Of course I was.

“The only alarming bit is that I am now treated as if I am elderly. It is a bit unnerving to be offered help with neighbours and all sorts of unlikely people coming to you.

“A woman in the supermarket said, ‘We are two metres apart and I can tell you a funny story about when I read your book’ and I thought, ‘My God, you don’t know me’.

“Presumably fans like that have always been around and they have never approached you before but now you have to stand two metres apart in the shop queue and you’re suddenly told that they’ve read your book.

“And it’s sort of alarming when you realise that you’ve been noticed for years but nobody has stopped you!” 

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Tyler Perry, Joe Biden, Jamie Foxx and More Mourn Death of Civil Rights Icon Rev. Joseph Lowery

Rev. Joseph Lowery, a prominent figure in the civil rights movement who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 98, multiple outlets report.

On Friday, Lowery died at his Atlanta home, according to The New York Times. He died of natural causes, a family representative told CNN.

Bernice King, the youngest child of MLK Jr., shared a tribute to Lowery on Friday, tweeting a photo of herself with the activist, whom she called Uncle Joe.

“It’s hard to imagine a world or an Atlanta without Reverend #JosephLowery,” she wrote. “I’m grateful for a life well-lived and for its influence on mine. I’ll miss you, Uncle Joe. You finally made it up to see Aunt Evelyn again.” Lowery’s wife of 65 years, Evelyn, died in 2013.

More stars reacted to the news of Lowery’s death, including Jamie Foxx, who wrote on Instagram that “one of our great heroes has passed.”

“98 years of service and dedication to civil rights. To us,” the Just Mercy actor, 52, continued. “He endured a tremendous amount of racial bias and inequalities #josephlowery R.I.P.

In 2009, then-President Barack Obama honored Lowery with the Medal of Freedom. Billie Jean King, Stephen Hawking and Harvey Milk were given the distinction that year as well.

Tyler Perry shared a heartfelt tribute to Lowery on Saturday, writing on Instagram that he was “saddened” by the news, sharing personal photos of when he met the civil rights leader.

“As I was going through some of my personal photos I came across a few that I don’t usually make public, but this one said it all,” wrote Perry, 50. “This and the two other pictures were taken in 2012 at my old studio when President Barack Obama, a sitting president, bowed to the greatness of the man who stood before both of us! Presidential humility at its best.”

The filmmaker added that Lowery “helped move this country to a better place.”

“We should all be grateful for his incredible work through the civil rights movement all the way up until his passing. The man was amazing, loving, kind, funny, a truth teller and a healer,” Perry continued. “I will miss his incredible jokes, quick wit, and him telling me about how much he enjoyed the twists, turns, and laughs in my shows.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden also reacted to news of Lowery’s passing,

“Last night, the great Rev. Joseph E. Lowery passed away, leaving an indelible mark on our country’s history towards progress,” Biden, 77, tweeted. “He never once wavered in his spirit and in the resolve to end injustice — wherever he saw it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

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AJ Pritchard: ‘It’s a relief to quit’ Strictly pro addresses what ‘upset’ him on the show

Former Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard, 25, shocked fans by announcing he has left the show this week, despite being confirmed as part of this year’s professional line-up earlier this month. Now, the dancer has candidly opened up about his reasons for leaving the show.

The professional dancer admitted “it was a relief to finally quit” as he said he had to turn down numerous opportunities due to being apart of the BBC show.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I did have to turn down things in the past, which I was upset about sometimes, but I understood I was part of Strictly Come Dancing.

“Now I am going to pursue things I didn’t have the time for. It’s the right move.

“It’s a relief to finally quit. If I didn’t further my development now, while at my peak mental well-being, I would regret it.”

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A Place In The Sun’s Jasmine Harman talks ‘weird’ discovery after coronavirus scare

A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman, 44, enjoyed a low-key outing over a park with her dog yesterday and documented her journey on Instagram. Her outing comes as her first since she fell ill with coronavirus symptoms last week. 

It is quite weird getting out the house

Jasmine Harman

Jasmine told fans it was “weird” to be outdoors after self-isolating for 11 days.

“Hey, look at me I’m out with this one,” she began while giving her 33,000 Instagram fans a glimpse of her dog.

“After, I’ve lost count now, 10 or 11 days indoors, I discovered on the NHS that if you are the one in your household that has had symptoms, you can go out after seven days if you are no longer experiencing a fever.

“So, I’ve done a load of extra days when I didn’t necessarily have to.

“Of course I’m still going to have to observe staying home, apart from the normal allowances,” she continued. 

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“But if you’re locked down with symptoms, obviously you’ve got to stay home full stop, so it is quite weird getting out the house.”

The mother-of-two went on to share information from the NHS website, which confirmed Jasmine’s discovery.

The website states that those with coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate for at least seven days until their symptoms stop.

They add that if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day the sufferer’s symptoms started.

Jasmine’s first outing comes after she told fans she had symptoms of the deadly coronavirus.

Last week, she told her Instagram fans she hadn’t been on the social media site due to falling ill. 

She said: “I’ve not been on here for a while because I’ve not been well.

“I think I do have the dreaded bug although I’m feeling much better than I was at the beginning of the week.”

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The property expert went on to tell fans she had developed coronavirus symptoms such as a “cough” and a “shortness of breath”.

She went on to say: “No high temperature so I don’t know for sure if I have the coronavirus but it is fairly likely.

“My symptoms have been relatively mild. Just wanted to say that everybody is keeping safe and well in these weird times.”

The Channel 4 star continued to say she is self-isolating with her husband Jon Boast and their two children Joy, six, and Albion, four.

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Following this, she gave fans an insight into her time at home on Instagram.

She told fans her husband, who is a cameraman on the show, stepped in to help her record a voiceover for the property show.

Jasmine shared a snap of herself holding a script, while wearing a pair of headphones on her head in front of a microphone.

A Place In The Sun continues tomorrow at 4.30pm on Channel 4.

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Queen’s Brian May stuns with Killer Queen solo PLUS shares advice Frank Zappa gave him

Queen guitarist Brian May continues to entertain fans in quarantine with his micro-concerts. And the latest saw the 72-year-old play his iconic Killer Queen guitar solo. However, he made an error near the end of his new Instagram video.

May said: “Mistakes are what it’s all about y’know. Ah! I should know.”

The Queen legend also wrote up some advice Frank Zappa once gave him next to the video.

He wrote: “Killer Queen solo, anyone ?!! A slight variant ?

“Frank Zappa once told me ‘here is no such thing as a mistake – if it’s your performance of your own stuff, who can tell you it’s wrong ?!!’”

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Killer Queen solo, anyone ?!! A slight variant ? Frank Zappa once told me “There is no such thing as a mistake – if it’s your performance of your own stuff, who can tell you it’s wrong ?!! “ My advice ? “Always keep a sense of humour – you will need it !” And here endeth the 6th MicroConversation – it is it the 7th ? Goodnight folks – or Good Morning ? Hang in out there. Bri

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May added: “My advice ? ‘Always keep a sense of humour – you will need it !’

“And here endeth the 6th MicroConversation – it is it the 7th ?

“Goodnight folks – or Good Morning ? Hang in out there. Bri.”

Zappa was a multi-instrumentarlist best known as a member of The Mothers of Invention.

He died in 1993, aged just 52-years-old after a battle with prostate cancer.

Yesterday, May performed Keep Yourself Alive in another micro-concert.

During that one, he praised Freddie Mercury vocalist Adam Lambert.

He said: “And Adam does a great job of singing it, bless him. Amazing. As he does with everything we give him.”

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Meanwhile, Queen drummer Roger Taylor has also been playing for fans, giving mini drum concerts.

The 72-year-old even paid tribute to late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Taylor opened one video with a cover of Immigrant Song.

He said: “That was a very old, John Bonham type thing.”

Taylor added: “Such a great drummer. He really knew how to do it.”

Queen and Adam Lambert have been playing some Led Zeppelin during their latest tour.

At at least a couple of concerts they performed Whole Lotta Love.

While also having played Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel too.

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Elvis Presley: The King’s HEARTBREAKING milestone reached this week

He’s the best-selling solo music artist of all time and The King of Rock and Roll lives on through his impressive back catalogue. However, Elvis Presley met a heartbreaking milestone this week. He has now been dead as long as he was alive.

Yesterday, a fan posted the fact on the Reddit Music page with the specific dates.

TobiasBloyd wrote: “Today Elvis Presley has been dead EXACTLY as long as he was alive. 

“The king was born on January 8, 1935, and he died 15,561 days later on Aug 16, 1977 – exactly 15,561 days ago.”

Elvis tragically died of a heart attack in the upstairs bathroom of his home in Graceland that fateful night, while sitting on the toilet. He was 42.

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A couple of years ago, Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with the man who appears in the last recorded footage of Elvis before he died.

That man was Todd Slaughter, the owner of The Official Elvis Presley fan club UK.

And he revealed just how unwell The King looked, while a makeup artist he spoke to there actually predicted his death was imminent.

Todd met The King at Indianapolis airport just six weeks before he died.

Todd revealed: “He was laughing his tits off.

“But you try to remember what it was all about. He was saying something funny about Colonel Parker [Elvis’ manager], not offensive or anything like that.

“Of course I did say, ‘When are you going to come [to tour the UK]?’”

Sadly The King never made it to the UK, except for a brief stop at the airport to change flights.

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Todd continued: “But of course by that time you could tell Elvis wasn’t a well guy to say the least.

“A lady producer from Danish telly was there and she said, ‘Have a close look at him.’

“‘Our makeup woman says his skin is rather pallor and he looks like he’s got six months to live.’

“And as it turned out it was six weeks. I was told this information by a very credible source.”

Meanwhile, Elvis’ home of Graceland has sadly been shut down temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As it stands, the most visited house in the US after the White House is set to reopen on April 4, although an extended closure period does seem more likely.

Nevertheless, the defiant Graceland has lit up the house in red, white and blue.

The patriotic move can be viewed on a live webcam on Graceland’s official website, while it will remain in place until reopening occurs.

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