Matt Baker reveals he's leaving The One Show after nine years in emotional announcement

Matt Baker is stepping down from The One Show in the spring following nine years on the programme.

The presenter made the announcement on the BBC programme yesterday evening where he became visibly emotional.

"At this time of year, I like to take stock and reflect," the 41-year-old said. "The One Show has been a massive part of my life for almost a decade now and I have loved every second of being a part of it. But I am going to be leaving this green sofa in the spring."

As well as thanking those he had worked with over the years Baker also addressed viewers watching at home and thanked them for showing "so much support", particularly when it came to the show's annual Rickshaw Challenge for Children in Need.

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CUMNOCK, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 21: Prince Charles officially starts The Dumfries House Sport Relief Mile on January 21, 2014 in Cummnock,Scotland. Children from local primary and secondary schools and Sport Relief funded projects gathered alongside Alex Jones and Mark Baker from The One Show and X Factor finalist Nicholas Macdonald on the steps to Dumfries House in East Ayrshire. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, outside the BBC after appearing on the One Show. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Prince Harry chats to Alex Jones and Matt Baker of the One Show ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games at Queen Elizabeth park on September 10, 2014 in London, England. The International sports event for 'wounded warriors', presented by Jaguar Land Rover, is just days away with limited last-minute tickets available at www.invictusgames.org (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Alex Jones and Matt Baker attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Production crew of Bedlam with the Factual Series Award for Bedlam, alongside presenters Matt Baker (far rigth) and Alex Jones (far left) at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: The One Show presenters Alex Jones (L) and Matt Baker (C) interview Prince Harry (R) at the lunch of the new international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, the Invictus Games in the Copper Box at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on March 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
The One Show presenters Alex Jones (left) and Matt Baker (right) finish the Dumfries House Sport Relief Mile at Dumfries House in Scotland. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Matt Baker, Alex Jones and Harry Hill sighting on January 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker are seen on January 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Alex Jones and Matt Baker seen filming a Strictly Come Dancing special for The One Show outside the BBC on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Alex Jones, Vernon Kay,Honor Blackman and Matt Baker seen on January 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Matt Baker, Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am and Alex Jones filming outside for the BBC's The One Show on January 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Simon James/FilmMagic)
The One Show presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker during an Adidas sponsored #hitthewinner event with Andy Murray, at Black Prince Community Hub, in Kennington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: TV Presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones in action against Andy Murray of Great Britain during an event for the Wimbledon Champion to meet fans following his victory in the Wimbledon Championships Gentlemen's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Black Prince Community Hub on July 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for adidas)
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The father-of-two shared that he was excited about new opportunities but was looking forward to spending more time with his family.

"Most of all I'm looking forward to spending evenings with my wife Nicola and finally getting to put my kids to bed on a nighttime," he shared. "Thank you everyone for the most wonderful, random nine years that you could ever wish to experience."

He confirmed he would not be leaving the BBC as he continues with his Countryfile commitments and will be presenting Olympics coverage next summer.

Baker joined the The One Show in February 2011 where he replaced comedian Jason Manford.

He has mainly presented the magazine programme alongside Alex Jones, who is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her second child.

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