Ronan Keating and Jermaine Jenas have been appointed Alex Jones’s co-hosts on The One Show and have been granted permanent spots on the sofa.
Since Matt Baker’s departure a year ago, stand-in hosts Keating and ex-footballer Jenas have been among the stand-in hosts.
They’ll be by her side for part of the week starting on May 10 – Jenas from Monday to Wednesday, and Keating from Thursday to Friday.
Others, such as Alex Scott and Amol Rajan, will step in as needed.
They and other members of the show’s “extended family of presenters” will “continue to co-host episodes during the year,” according to reports.
DJ Clara Amfo, actor and singer Michael Ball, and TV host Rylan Clark-Neal are among those who have been co-presenting in recent months.
Jenas is one of a rising number of athletes who have transitioned from playing sports to hosting TV entertainment shows in recent years. Here are some more examples:
Homes Under the Hammer by Dion Dublin. Since 2015, the former Manchester United and Coventry City striker has been a regular on the daytime property auction show.
Save Our Summer is a song by Peter Crouch. Following the success of his BBC podcast, the ex-Liverpool and England target man was given the task of salvaging some fun from summer 2020 with a prime time BBC One Saturday night light entertainment show.
Top Gear’s Andrew Flintoff, Cannonball’s Andrew Flintoff, and Australian Ninja Warrior’s Andrew Flintoff The former cricketer hosted ITV’s Cannonball in 2017, moved to the BBC’s Top Gear in 2019, and was a member of the hosting team on Australian Ninja Warrior before the pandemic hit.
Redknapp’s Big Night Out features Harry and Jamie Redknapp. Maya Jama, Asim Chaudhry, and Anne Marie were among the guests on the footballing father and son’s Sky One chat show, which premiered last week.
Friday Night’s All Wright, Gladiators, and Moneyball star Ian Wright. In the late 1990s, before he had even retired from football, the Arsenal legend launched his own ITV talk show, Friday Night’s All Wright. In 2008, he starred in Sky’s revival of Gladiators, and he was recently confirmed as the host of Moneyball, a new ITV game show.
Jones announced on air last month that she is expecting her third child. “No decision has been taken on the cover for her maternity leave,” the BBC said.
Jenas, a former Tottenham and England player who now works as a Match of the Day and 5 Live pundit, expressed his excitement to “enter as a full-time host alongside Ronan.”
“I’m so delighted to finally be a member of The One Show family,” said Keating, who will continue to co-host the Magic Radio breakfast show.
“We’re excited to have Ronan and Jermaine join us as daily One Show hosts alongside Alex on the couch,” said One Show editor Rob Unsworth.
“It’s an exciting new chapter for the show, and we’re looking forwards to introducing audiences to a different side of such well-known characters.”
- Ronan Keating & Jermaine Jenas: BBC