After a highly anticipated wait, the line up for Great British Bake Off has been confirmed. Prue Leith replacing Mary Berry as a judge, alongside Paul Hollywood who will continue to take part in the show.
Joining them are Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig who have been confirmed as the new hosts, replacing last year’s hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Prue has revealed her delight in taking part in this year’s season: “I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.”
Paul, who took part in last year’s series has said: “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
Sandi, who will be taking on the duty of hosting with Noel Fielding, added: “Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.”
Noel Fielding described his delight of being part of the popular show saying: “GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.”
However, many Twitter fans are not happy with the choice of Noel with one tweeting: “Noel Fielding is an unfunny creep and he’s going to RUIN BAKE OFF. THIS IS THE WORST DECISION #gbbo”
Speaking of the new changes Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt announced: “The Great British Bake Off will have a uniquely Channel 4 take when it airs this autumn. Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent.”
The Great British Bake off finished it’s seventh series run with the BBC after they were unable to match Channel 4’s bid of a reported £75 million. Remaining loyal to the BBC, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc quit the show, whereas Paul made the move with Channel 4.