Alex Jones presented The One Show on her own tonight as co-host Matt Baker is in self-isolation.
Alex announced to viewers she would be flying solo at the start of tonight’s episode, which started 15 minutes later than it usually does because of an extended BBC News bulletin about the coronavirus pandemic.
The star said that, like many across the UK now, Matt was working from home.
And she had even more bad news to reveal as the table which usually sits pride of place in the studio was gone, after Paddy McGuinness broke it last week.
Alex was joined by comedian Russell Kane on the green couch, who was taking every precaution in the midst of the outbreak of the potentially dead bug, by gave his coffee mug a clean with an anti-bacterial wipe.
Alex said: “As you can see…look. The sofa is empty. No Matt Baker. Like so many of you he is working from home today.”
Matt did appear and spoke to Alex via a live video feed, where he told his usual partner in crime that she’d been replaced by his pet dog, Bob.
Matt said: “Yes I’m at home. This is my Alex Jones tonight [Bob the dog] and probably for the next two weeks.
“This afternoon we got a phone call. Four of us in our household and one of us has a cough. So that means we are following the Prime Minister’s advice and spending the next two weeks self-isolating.
“Speaking to people over the last few days, we expected this to come, and feel as ready as we can do.
“More than happy to do our bit, do what’s right for everybody and look after one another.”
The One Show tweeted: “Tonight @missalexjones will be holding down the fort as Matt Baker is now self-isolating due to symptoms in his household. But don’t worry Bakerettes, we can still hear from him!”
Viewers took to Twitter to praise Matt for presenting The One Show from home.
One fan said: “Really nice to see Matt Baker presenting television from his own home”
Another said: “Matt Baker presenting #TheOneShow from his sofa with a dog on his lap is the loveliest portent of societal apocalypse we could have hoped for.”
And a third said: “Thought Matt Baker and his dog would be interviewing remotely for a second”
Comedian Russell stepped in to save the day after his UK tour was cancelled.
He said: “I was getting ready for a show last night at 5pm and by 6pm my diary was completely emppty.
“This is my last job until May. This is my violin playing on the Titanic as I go down.
“I’m more scared for my family and people who have to live with me. I’ve got so much energy. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
“Obviously I’m in a privileged position but when you’re self-employed the work stops like that, zero income coming in, particularly for stand ups.”
*The One Show airs weekdays on BBC One at 7pm