Matt Lucas quits Great British Bake Off after it ‘became clear’ he could no longer host

‘Little Britain’ star has appeared on the series for three years

Louis Chilton
Wednesday 07 December 2022 04:39 GMT
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Matt Lucas has announced that he is leaving The Great British Bake Off.

The comedian and Little Britain star served as a presenter on the Channel 4 series – known in the US as The Great British Baking Show – for three years.

Lucas issued a statement on Twitter on Tuesday (6 December) evening announcing the news, revealing that it “became clear” he was no longer able to host the series alongside his other projects.

“Farewell Bake Off!” he wrote. “It’s been a delicious experience and I can’t imagine a more fun way of spending my summers. But it’s become clear to me that I can’t present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.

“So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.”

The news prompted shocked reactions from fans. Noel Fielding has also since responded to the news in a touching instagram post.

Lucas’ replacement has yet to be announced by Channel 4 or the series’ producers, but many are hoping it could lead to a fun reunion for Fielding.

He continued: “I would like to give my warmest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 and to Noelipops [Noel Fielding], Paul [Hollywood], Dame Prue [Leith], the crew and, of course, the wonderful bakers for welcoming me into the tent.

“I wish whoever takes over the very best and I can’t wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won!”

Responding to Lucas’s message, the official Bake Off account wrote: “We’ve loved having Matt Lucas brighten up our tent for the last three years, especially when laughter and smiles were so much in need.

“We appreciate everything he’s done for Bake Off, from working in Covid bubbles to supporting the bakers. It’s been a pleasure – thanks Matt.”

Lucas is set to feature in two forthcoming Bake Off Christmas specials, which will air on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

He has been a core member of the Bake Off team since 2019, when he took over from Sandi Toksvig as Fielding’s co-host.

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