The One Show pokes fun at 'social distancing' gaffe after viewer complaints with a wide gap on the sofa

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The One Show has poked fun at its own social distancing gaffe following viewer complaints.

Alex Jones and fill-in host Patrick Kielty were forced to move apart live on air during Thursday's show (March 19), after many fans tweeted that they weren't following government coronavirus guidelines by sitting so close together.

Friday's (March 20) opened with an immediate reference to the backlash by having Alex and Friday's fill-in host Chris Ramsey sitting on opposite ends of the green couch — as Alex made a joking reference to the prior night's controversy.

"Joining me tonight, someone who always cheers us up even while keeping a safe distance," Alex quipped while pointing to the wide gap between them.

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"We're practicing safe distance, social isolation, we haven't fallen out," Chris joked a few moments later.

"No, we're still friends but this is two metres," Alex confirmed, with Chris adding: "Safe distance! This fine, I think."

Chris revealed that the newfound social distancing policy at The One Show extended to sending home the makeup artists and letting the presenters get themselves looking glamorous.

"So, a disclaimer, it's not the normal makeup artist who did this so if we look strange at all, it's just our own work," Alex warned.

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Chris was filling in for Matt Baker, who has been self-isolating all week over concerns that someone in his household might have developed coronavirus.

Baker was supposed to be replaced alongside Jones on Friday night by former Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, but she also pulled out to go into self-isolation.

The One Show airs Mondays to Fridays on BBC One.

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