One Show host Alex Jones took to Instagram as social media went wild over Dan Stevens’ unexpected withdrawal of Boris Johnson from the Wednesday night show.

Alex and co-host and former footballer Jermaine Jenas were joined in the BBC studio by Downtown Abbey and Beauty and the Beast star Dan and two of the Derry Girls vast. Dan was on the show to talk about his role in the new series Gaslit, which focuses on the 1972 Watergate scandal.

But Alex and Jermaine got more than they bargained for from the popular actor, when they asked him to describe the plot. Dan replied, “What you have is a criminal for a leader who’s wrapped up in a messy war, embroiled in a stupid scandal and surrounded by ambitious idiots and who really should step down…I’m sorry, that’s Boris Johnson’s intro.”

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The minute the words came out, Twitter took to Dan’s statement, which quickly went viral. Many One Show viewers also recorded Alex’s surprise reaction and the host and former Strictly contestant took to her Instagram Story after leaving the studio on Wednesday night.

However, the Welsh star failed to respond to the growing furor around Dan’s dig at Boris Johnson and instead spoke to his Instagram followers through his outfit. With his phone in selfie mode, Alex said: “People have been asking about this shirt. It’s from a French brand called Sezane…it’s very Easter chick, isn’t it? Very shiny, if you like that kind of thing.”

While Alex was talking about her fashion, Twitter users were focusing on what happened on The One Show. Sharing a much-talked-about snippet of the interview, one reacted, “Moments like this aren’t supposed to happen on The One Show. As Alex Jones’ audible gasp underlines . Which makes it a great moment.”

Another tweeted: ‘Dan stevens on a show, f**king brilliant. Slagging off Johnson. The look on Alex Jones’ face was a picture. Try to catch it,’ with a third respondent: ‘The answer of Alex Jones’ fight or flight about to kick things off…truly an iconic moment from The One Show.”

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