Matt Lucas joins Noel Fielding as new Great British Bake Off host

Matt Lucas has been announced as the new host of The Great British Bake Off.

He'll join Noel Fielding in the tent as Sandi Toksvig's replacement.

The former Little Britain star said: "I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television.

"I can't wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I've already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!"

Matt completes the line up for the next series of the Channel 4 show, along with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

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And it seems the team are very excited about him joining.

Noel said: "I love Matt. I love his warmth and his comedy and his big joyful smile. I think if we play our cards right we could become the next Chas and Morph."

Paul added: "I’m a genuine fan of Matt's, it is such great news he will be joining us in the tent, he’s a fantastic addition to the team."

And Prue said: "The combination of Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding! Will we stop laughing and get any filming done?"

Matt shared a snap of himself as his Little Britain character Marjorie Dawes, resident FatFighters group leader, carrying a tray of cakes.

He captioned it: "mood"

Sandi announced she was quitting the show after three series earlier this year.

Breaking the news on Twitter, Sandi told fans: "When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.  Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work.  As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show."

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She added: "Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life.  These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television. 

"Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.   The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves.  I wish everyone well."

Bake Off bosses spoke of their delight at welcome Matt into the tent.

Richard McKerrow, CEO and Executive Producer, Love Productions said: "It's extremely exciting to have Matt joining the Bake Off family, he's a phenomenal talent with a huge heart and we can't wait to enjoy the mischief and mayhem he and Noel will inevitably create in the tent. Our new batch of bakers will be in very safe hands."

Channel 4's Director of Programmes, Ian Katz, added: "We're thrilled that one much loved national institution is joining another. Matt has everything it takes to be a great Bake Off presenter: he’s warm, hilarious and loves cake."

Filming for the eleventh series of The Great British Bake Off begins this spring.

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