Alex Jones facing One Show axe?
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 August 2011
BBC One bosses are reportedly holding secret auditions to replace Alex Jones on 'The One Show'
Alex Jones is reportedly set to be axed from 'The One Show'.
The Welsh presenter has starred as main female host on the BBC One show since Christine Bleakley left in August last year, but sources say bosses are already holding secret auditions with a view to replacing her.
TV chiefs are said to be unconvinced by the chemistry between Alex and current co-host Matt Baker, and ratings are also down on the same period in 2010.
An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "The bosses are planning a major shake-up soon. Alex joined the show last year and was paired with Jason Manford but then he got involved in a Twitter sex text scandal and had to leave.
"Then she had to co-host with a string of stand-ins before the producers opted for Matt Baker. This latest pairing doesn't appear to be working out as well people hoped."
Show chiefs are considering replacing Alex with former presenter of Channel 4's 'Big Breakfast' and current 'Total Wipeout' co-host Amanda Byram, 37, who was screen tested for the role last year but lost out to Alex.
'The One Show' has gone from being one of the BBC's 12 top-rated programmes, regularly commanding over five million viewers when it was presented by Christine and Adrian Chiles, but has now slipped to only making the top 30 most popular shows on the network.
However, a BBC spokesperson has denied the claims.
They said: "We can categorically confirm 'The One Show' have not screen-tested anyone for the main presenter roles, nor do they have any plans to."