The One Show host Matt Baker, 41, struggled to hold back tears as he told viewers he will be leaving the show in March next year. Following the news, many of his loyal fans sent their well wishes on social media.
I’m 42 in a few weeks time and I’m too old to be spending this much time upside down
Today, the host took to Instagram to thank his fans for their support and give them an update about his new role in the pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Matt began the video by showing fans his dressing room, where a clothes rail of outfits could be seen.
The presenter then said he will be starring as Joey, an acrobatic, tightrope walker.
Alex Jones’ co-star then showed his 52,000 Instagram followers the tightrope he had been practising on and joked he may be too old for the role.
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Matt Baker: The One Show spoke out about his new role as he addressed his exit from BBC show (Image: WENN•INSTAGRAM•MATTBAKER)
Matt Baker: The One Show host joked that he is 'too old' for his acrobatic role in panto (Image: INSTAGRAM•MATTBAKER)
He then described his character as an “acrobatic clown,” before adding: “I’m 42 in a few weeks time and I’m too old to be spending this much time upside down.”
He added: “Its a brilliant show, we open this afternoon at 2.30pm, the matinee.
“But, I just wanted to put this little post up to say thank you for all the support you have shown me over the past few days since I announced I was leaving The One Show in March.
“I am totally overwhelmed and blown away by the reaction so thank you so much, and I’ll be back on the sofa in January.”
Matt Baker: The One Show host with his co-star Alex Jones (Image: BBC)