Matt Lucas confirmed to replace Sandi Toksvig on Great British Bake Off

Matt Lucas has been confirmed to replace Sandi Toksvig as the new host of Great British Bake Off.

The Little Britain star will join Noel Fielding, Prue Leith andPaul Hollywood in the tent when the series returns later this year.

‘I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television,’ the 46-year-old enthused.

‘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!’

Noel, who admitted he felt like Tom without his Jerry over Sandi’s exit, 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.’

Sandi and Noel replaced Mel and Sue as hots of Great British Bake Off in 2017 after the nation’s favourite cooking contest was bought by Channel 4.

Before her departure, the QI host filmed the current series of Celebrity Bake Off which kicked off on Channel 4 last night with Louis Theroux, Russell Howard, Ovie Soko and Jenny Eclair.

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