‘Your accent makes you sound so stupid.’ Welsh presenter Alex Jones reveals worst ever comment
BBC The One Show presenter Alex Jones says the worst comment she has ever received is about her Welsh accent.
Interviewed by the Guardian, she describes, “Your accent makes you sound so stupid” as the worst comment she has ever received.
Born in Ammanford, Alex Jones is a fluent Welsh speaker who started her broadcasting career as a researcher and presenter on S4C.
References are often made about to her Welsh accent and it follows recent criticism that fellow BBC presenter Alex Scott received about her London accent.
The Olympics sports presenter said she was ‘proud’ to be from a working-class family in east London after Lord Digby Jones had complained about her pronunciation.
The Q&A interview with Alex Jones also reveals her worst ever job as a call centre worker in Cardiff.
She said: “It was working in a call centre in Cardiff for British Gas. I was 21 and, I am ashamed to say, one Monday morning I ran away. I said I was going to the loo and never went back.”
Asked what she considered her greatest achievement, she said it was managing to stay on The One Show for over a decade in an ‘industry that is so fickle’.
Alex Jones’ first presenting role was on the S4C singing show Cân i Gymru before later specialising in children’s programmes on the channel.
She took up the role on The One Show in July 2010 after the former presenter Christine Bleakley left the BBC to join ITV.
She now lives in London and recently announced that she is expecting her third child with her husband Charlie Thomson this month.