BBC axes Aled Jones from Christmas episodes of Songs of Praise after sexual harassment claims were made against him
- Presenter has not appeared on Songs of Praise or radio show since claims made
- It is understood a female colleague alleged he sent her inappropriate messages
- Jones said he is sorry for ‘acting like a juvenile’ but denies ‘inappropriate contact’
- He was seen outside his London home today and was driven off on a motorbike
Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones has been axed from the show’s Christmas episodes as he is accused of sexual harassment.
The BBC confirmed the 46-year-old won’t appear in The Big Sing, which airs on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Yesterday the broadcaster also cancelled an episode of The Hairy Bikers due to air on Monday because the former choirboy featured in the cookery show as a guest.
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm Aled won’t be featuring in Hairy Bikers Home for Christmas or the Christmas and New Year episodes of Songs of Praise.’
Jones last appeared on Songs of Praise in October but has not presented it since. He found fame by singing the famous Walking In The Air theme tune to The Snowman
The married father of two has not been on air since October after being accused of sending a female colleague inappropriate messages.
The Radio Wales host strongly denies inappropriate conduct but said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for ‘juvenile’ behaviour.
On Wednesday he was seen out for the first time since the allegations surfaced.
BBC presenter Aled Jones was seen out for the first time since he was taken off air after a female colleague accused him of sending inappropriate messages
He has not appeared on Songs of Praise of BBC Radio Wales since the allegations emerged
He was seen jumping onto the back of a motorbike outside his south-west London home
A spokesman for the TV star said: ‘Aled voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC while the matter is investigated.
‘Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile… he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.’
The former child star put on a motorcycle helmet as he was picked up by a rider
His future at the BBC remains unclear after the corporation refused to comment on the claims
It is understood the matter does not relate to any broadcast work and Jones has voluntarily agreed not to appear on the BBC while it is investigated
The singer’s mother-in-law, Elaine Fossett, has said he is incapable of sexual harassment.
The 74-year-old said: ‘It is utterly, utterly appalling. A nicer, nicer guy you couldn’t wish to meet. He is totally incapable of sexual harassment.’
The BBC has refused to comment on the presenters future or the allegations he faces.
The BBC star, who received an MBE in 2013 for his services to music and broadcasting, lives in a £1.8million house in south-west London with his wife of 16 years, Claire Fossett, 41, and two children.
Jones and his wife Claire Fossett pictured at their wedding in 2001
His 15-year-old daughter Emilia is an actress and has starred in Doctor Who, Utopia and Wolf Hall, while his son, Lucas, shares a duet with his father on his new album One Voice: Believe.
Jones met his wife, a member of the Fossett circus family, in Blackpool while starring in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.