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Confirmed Great British Bake-Off lineup of Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding

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Herne Bay's Sandi Toksvig will be joining fellow comic Noel Fielding as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off, it has been announced.

Producers say the pair will "bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent".

Sandi Toksvig will be co-presenting the show
Sandi Toksvig will be co-presenting the show

Meanwhile Prue Leith will be completing the judging line-up alongside blue-eyed Canterbury baker Paul Hollywood. 

The food writer and novelist will be taking Mary Berry's spot on the popular show when it airs on Channel 4 later this year, after its controversial move away from the BBC.

The award-winning programme is now in its eighth series.

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood with Mary Berry, who has left the show
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood with Mary Berry, who has left the show

Commenting on her new role, Sandi Toksvig OBE said: "It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show.

"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. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do."

Paul Hollywood added: "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."

Noel Fielding will be joining the line-up
Noel Fielding will be joining the line-up
Prue Leith will be replacing Mary Berry on the judging panel
Prue Leith will be replacing Mary Berry on the judging panel

The news has received a mixed reaction on social media, with many Twitter users expressing surprise at Noel Fielding's inclusion in particular. 

Some who had never seen the show said that having the Mighty Boosh star as co-host would make them switch on.

But many loyal fans of the BBC format have said they will be boycotting it.

One tweeted: "I like Prue Leith I really do. However I will not be watching her in Bake Off on Channel 4. Its not GBBO without Mary, Mel and Sue."

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said: "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."

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