Matt Baker, 42, spoke candidly about his absence via video link as his colleague Alex Jones, 42, opened The One Show without him. The Countryfile presenter admitted he would be taking precautionary measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Alex opened the show, saying: “Well, hello and welcome to a live Tuesday One Show with me Alex Jones. And as you can see the sofa is empty. No Matt Baker.
“Like so many of you, he is working from home today.”
She added: “Matthew, tell us what’s going on.”
A forlorn-looking Matt replied via video link, saying: “Well I’m at home and this is my Alex Jones for tonight and probably for the next two weeks,” as he stroked the family pet dog.
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The Countryfile host revealed that a member of his household currently has a cough and therefore he has decided to self-isolate.
He continued: “This afternoon we got a phone call. There are four of us in our household and one of us has a cough.
“And that means we’re following the Prime Minister’s advice. We’ll be spending the next two weeks self-isolating.”
Matt added: “To be honest with you Alex, speaking to those people over the last few days I kind of expected this to come.
“We feel as ready as we can do. We’re more than happy to do our bit and we’ve got to do what’s right for everybody and our neighbours.”
His co-star expressed her “disappointment” about having to present the show alone.
Alex replied: “Obviously I’m disappointed that you’re not with me. But it’s a sensible precaution. But it’s lovely to see Bob.
“As you are working from home though, I’m still going to put you to use. So stay where you are and I’ll come back to you in a little bit.”
The news comes after Matt candidly spoke out about how the coronavirus is affecting farming families like his during last night’s episode of The One Show.
The BBC favourite discussed how the pandemic is causing concern for him, his wife Nicola Baker and their two children, who live on a farm together in Hertfordshire.
Matt explained that he and his family are “lambing at the moment” and he is therefore concerned that the virus could “cause problems” with the newborn animals.
The Countryfile presenter got onto the subject while talking about worries surrounding COVID-19 with his co-host Alex Jones and journalist Matt Allwright.
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The star said to Matt: “The difficulty surrounding looking after elderly members of your family as well, wanting to care for them, wanting to take shopping.
“It’s going to be very, very complicated.”
Matt then shared his personal fears by adding: “Even farming families like mine.
“We’re lambing at the moment and it’s very difficult to go in and help in situations where you don’t want to cause problems.
“It’s very, very complicated,” he admitted.
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