Alex Jones was forced to withdraw from The One Show the next week after hiring a friend Corona Virus.

The 43-year-old hostess was forced into isolation and replaced on the Today show, which she was due to host alongside co-star Gethin Jones.

Alex appeared on a video call from her home and explained the situation to viewers, revealing that she had met a friend who had tested positive for Covid-19.

Speaking to her surrogate Alex Scott and Gethin, Alex said, “I was so frustrated that I’m not there but what happened is that a friend of mine, someone outside of work I saw a few days ago, tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Alex Jones withdrew from presenting The One Show today

“So we did the right thing as a family and we’re just in isolation. I’ve now taken a test and luckily it’s negative – and by the way, my boyfriend is fine too – but we’re staying, and we follow the instructions.”

“I will probably return to work the following week.”

However, Alex admitted that she was enjoying being able to spend extra time with her children and husband, Charlie Thompson.

She said: There are definitely positives.

“Charlie is back with the kids, maybe you can hear them on top of me now, and I’m going and reading them some stories in seconds, which is cool.

“The thing is what it is. We are all in the same boat, so that’s really it. But I miss you all. I also miss the crew.”

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Former long-term Alex star Matt Baker pulled out of the show earlier this year after nearly 10 years.

Since then, she has been joined by a number of co-stars, including both Gethin and Alex.

* The One Show airs on weekdays at 7 pm on BBC One