The Great British Bake Off: Sandi Toksvig defends fellow Channel 4 presenter Noel Fielding

'I love him. We're good friends. He's going to dress better than me'

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 23 March 2017 11:53 GMT

The Great British Bake Off made front page news around the country as Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’s were announced by Channel 4.

To The Daily Mail’s disgust, The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding was selected alongside Sandi Toksvig, the current host of QI following Stephen Fry’s departure from the BBC show.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, Toksvig defended Fielding taking the presenting role.

According to The Telegraph, she said: "He is a huge fan of the show. I'm absolutely confident he will bring the same level of love that I'll bring to it. That's all you can do, right?

"I love him. We're good friends. He's going to dress better than me, but other than that we're all right. And I imagine he has more eyeliner than I do.”

Speaking about her excitement about the upcoming job, she said: "It's fantastic. Who wouldn't be thrilled? It's a tremendous honour - like taking over a national treasure.”

​Toksvig detailed how her approach will be "cheerful and warm,” emphasising how the show is about the bakers, rather than the hosts. She added: I hope that I can make a warm atmosphere where they feel that they can do their best.”

Speaking about Bake Off, Fielding said in a statement: “GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.”

A return date has yet to be revealed by Channel 4.

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