The Real Reason *This* Host Was Missing From The Xtra Factor

The Xtra Factor host Matt Edmondson had a *very* dramatic weekend, as wide Bryony gave birth to a baby girl...

Xtra Factor host Matt Edmondson dramatically missed the live show on Saturday night as he rushed to his pregnant wife’s side.

The TV presenter had to leave his co-host, Rylan Clark-Neal, to fly solo after his wife, Bryony, went into labour just two hours before the X Factor spin-off show was due to go on air.

Matt, who is also a DJ on Radio 1, left fans in anticipation after tweeting emojis of a worried face and a baby. The official X Factor Twitter page then confirmed the exciting news with the tweet: “WATERS-BREAKING NEWS: @MattEdmondson is excused from tonight’s #XtraFactorLive because his wife has gone into labour. Good luck, guys!”

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Despite Bryony not being due for another three weeks, Rylan shared the news live on air that the happy couple had welcomed a healthy baby girl. He told ITV2 viewers: “He just texted us and said he’s had a baby girl.”

Aww. Admitting he and his wife were trying to avoid the limelight, a proud Matt later told his 198k Twitter followers: “Okay, so I was hoping to fly under the radar, but… I’ve had a baby! A really cute one.”

“We always had a 2 in 7 chance that she’d arrive on a day where there was an Xtra Factor Live… What I didn’t expect was for her to hatch her escape plan three weeks early and 2 hours before the live show!

The star then went on to thank the midwives who helped his wife give birth in their home and said: “I am so, so unbelievably proud about being a Dad and Bryony did the most amazing job ever. We had a very peaceful, beautiful home birth with the help of Neighbourhood Midwives (who are worth their weight in gold – seriously) and we are so happy with our little (very little in fact!) girl.

“Anyhow thanks to Rylan for flying solo (and crying at the news in his dressing room when I told him!) and thanks to all of you who sent me such kind messages. You guys are great.”

Rylan was quick to congratulate his co-host on Twitter and replied, “Congrats @MattEdmondson and Bryony so made up for you both! Xxx”

Former Geordie Shore star Charlotte Crosby also sent her congratulations to the presenter and tweeted: “Congrats @MatEdmondson. Little baby girl! Watch out their trouble.”

Proud new dad, Matt made it back for Sunday night’s live show but is still yet to confirm the name of his baby girl. Although we have a feeling the humble TV star isn’t going to be naming her after any weird foods or wild animals.