Tom Jones jokes about being and Gethin Jones’ father
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Gethin Jones, 43, has spoken out on his BBC co-star Naga Munchetty’s cheeky tendencies in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk. The Morning Live presenter enjoys chatting to the BBC Breakfast host on air during their handovers on BBC One on weekday mornings.
However, Gethin admitted that Naga can’t resist keeping him on his toes.
Gethin, who fronts Morning Live alongside his co-host Kym Marsh, 45, straight after BBC Breakfast ends each day, revealed Naga “will always try and catch him out”, which is an easy feat for her to accomplish due to the technically “weird” set up that comes into play.
The star explained he and Kym can’t actually see the BBC Breakfast hosts when they chat to them on air, which can become confusing.
Addressing the challenging situation in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Gethin said of his relationship with the BBC Breakfast presenters: “That’s obviously really important now we have a relationship, and I love it.
“What’s really interesting, and what a lot of people don’t know about this is, just because of the way it’s set up, and I don’t understand the technicalities, but whoever is doing BBC Breakfast, they can see us, but we can’t see them.
“So we can’t really get any visual cues and timing is of the essence.
“And of course, with news, they could be going onto a story that is very serious or some kind of tragedy or whatever the breaking story is, so we have to really sort of play into their hands.”
Gethin revealed he tries to get a handle on what’s going on each morning by texting either Naga or her co-star Dan Walker ahead of time.
He continued: “So I text Dan or Naga, depending who’s on every morning, and sort of give them some banter and they get to know me as well.
“I like the fact that we text each other directly so it gives them a bit of a heads up really, so we all work together.
“But I love it, and Naga will always try and catch me out because that’s her character, which I love and I enjoy that challenge.
“But sometimes it is a bit weird, you’re like, ‘Uh… do you want me to still talk? Or are you finished with us, or what’s going on?’”
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Detailing the difficulties of live TV, he added: “You can’t see them at all.
“It’s like talking to someone in a mask, it’s like, ‘Do you mean that? How are you saying that? Do you want us to keep going?’ and obviously respect that they’ve still got other things to do after.”
Opening up on his friendships with the BBC Breakfast team, Gethin shared that he often plays golf with Naga and shares Louise Minchin’s interest in athletic pursuits.
He spilled: “I play golf with Naga and I’ve known Dan for years, and Louise and I have a mutual interest in decathlons.”
Gethin went on to admit that Naga’s regular co-host Charlie Stayt also enjoys engaging in banter with him before Morning Live goes on air.
He explained: “Charlie’s really funny – Charlie likes to do this thing where he likes to commentate on what’s going on before he comes to us.
“So it’s almost like a double show, but it keeps it very live, which is my favourite thing to do.”
Gethin recently amused Naga when Sir Tom Jones appeared on BBC Breakfast, as he joked about the pair sharing the same surname.
After hearing the Welsh singer was going to be on BBC Breakfast, Gethin cheekily quipped: “Say hi to my dad for me.”
Continuing Gethin’s joke, Naga then told the music icon: “Sir Tom Jones, you saw Gethin Jones there, claiming his parentage through you.”
After hearing Gethin’s remark, Sir Tom remarked: “What’s your mother’s name?”
He then quickly clarified that he was joking, saying: “I know who you are, I’ve met you.”
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