The Great British Bake Off: Matt Lucas is confirmed as Sandi Toksvig's replacement

11 March 2020, 10:54

Matt Lucas is joining Bake Off
Matt Lucas is joining Bake Off. Picture: Getty/Channel 4

By Tom Eames

Matt Lucas has been announced as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off, following Sandi Toksvig's departure.

The Little Britain star will join up with Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood in the famous tent, when the series returns later in 2020.

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

"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 added: "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 said: ‘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 Toksvig announced her departure from Bake Off in January
Sandi Toksvig announced her departure from Bake Off in January. Picture: Channel 4

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

Sandi confirmed her departure from the Channel 4 series with a surprise announcement in January, after three series alongside Noel.

The 61-year-old said at the time: "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.

"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."

Sandi and Noel replaced Mel and Sue as hosts of Bake Off in 2017, after the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

Celebrity Bake Off is currently airing on Channel 4 with Sandi and Noel hosting.

Matt Lucas is best known for his comedy partnership with David Walliams, having created and starred in Little Britain and Come Fly With Me.