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Alex Jones. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Alex Jones. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Alex Jones. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

THE One Show presenter Alex Jones has hit out at reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex and Keeping Up With The Kardashians for having a negative influence on young girls.

Jones (36), who co-hosts the BBC1 programme with Matt Baker, said that reality shows encouraged their female viewers to aspire to become "the next Katie Price".

The Welsh presenter said of MTV show The Valleys: "It's kind of like Towie (The Only Way Is Essex) or Made In Chelsea but based in the Welsh valleys. You have to see it to believe it, it doesn't make you proud of your nation."

Asked what she would like to ban, she said: "I think there are too many of these reality shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which have a very negative effect on impressionable girls. It's a worry.

"They think that's what they should be aiming for – to be the next Katie Price – it makes them self-conscious and unconfident about their bodies at such a young age. I don't think it's healthy."

The presenter, a semi-finalist on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, named actress Pamela Anderson as her most stressful One Show guest.

"Pamela Anderson was tricky because she stared at the monitor the whole time to see how she looked, so she wasn't engaging in the conversation. Then she ran off because we showed a picture of her that she didn't like," she said.

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