Matt Lucas’ time within the tent is over.
While fans have expressed their sadness on the comic’s choice to transport on, it does imply the door is open for any other presenter to tackle probably the most coveted jobs in tv.
Whoever is selected will sign up for The Mighty Boosh superstar Noel Fielding – who has hosted the display because it moved to Channel 4 in 2017 – succeeding his previous co-presenters Sandi Toksvig and Lucas.
Underneath, we’ve rounded up one of the crucial possibly replacements for Lucas in addition to some who we simply suppose have what it takes to make the tent hum with amusement.
Ayoade is my most sensible select for Lucas’ substitute for a number of causes. Mainly, he’s hilarious and his bookish, deadpan supply is strictly the type of levity the Bake Off tent requires. We additionally know that Ayoade has a just right dating with Channel 4, the place he hosted 9 sequence of the trip documentary sequence, Shuttle Guy. What’s extra, he already has the chemistry with co-host Noel Fielding – the 2 have costarred in Fielding’s sequence The Mighty Boosh and Ayoade’s The IT Crowd whilst the duo also are frequently paired up for Channel 4’s Large Fats Quiz of the Yr. – TM
Acaster’s historical past with Bake Off is well-documented. The comic’s catastrophic run at the display’s Famous person spin-off has long gone down in historical past as probably the most most-memed tv segments in historical past. Who wouldn’t need extra moments like that? – TM
Is there a more secure pair of fingers within the presenting global than Claudia Winkleman nowadays? The veteran TV host is ever a laugh, ever affable and would indubitably do a positive process taking the reigns with Fielding. We additionally know from her Strictly Come Dancing tasks that Winkleman may also be delicate when she must be, a high quality the extremely stressed out bakers continuously require from the hosts. Whilst Winkleman’s agenda is all the time stacked, the truth that Bake Off is filmed in summer season might paintings in her favour as Strictly is all the time filmed within the lead-up to Christmas. – TM
Mary Berry’s tenure on Bake Off could have come to an finish when the sequence migrated to Channel 4 in 2016, however there’s a couple of Berry on the town. Toast of London superstar Matt Berry would possibly simply be the very best substitute for Lucas – simply believe his sharp, unique voice bellowing out how a lot time used to be left on a baking process. With Berry already juggling quite a lot of other TV initiatives – together with the acclaimed vampire sitcom What We Do within the Shadows – a stint on Bake Off could be asking an excessive amount of. – LS
Comic and author Shaparak Khorsandi would indisputably be a welcome selection to switch Lucas as Bake Off’s subsequent presenter. An award-winning stand-up, Khorsandi (who previously carried out below the identify Shappi) has greater than sufficient comedian panache to carry her personal with Fielding. The only-time I’m a Famous person… Get Me Out of Right here contestant could also be a recognized fan of the baking display, having prior to now gave the impression on its spin-off sequence The Nice British Bake Off: An Additional Slice. – LS
Slapstick comedian and widespread panel display visitor Sara Pascoe can be any other sturdy comedian contender to fill Lucas’s sneakers. Like Khorsandi, she used to be prior to now a visitor on An Additional Slice. Recently, alternatively, she serves as host of Bake Off’s sister sequence The Nice British Stitching Bee. It’s imaginable this simply makes her doubly certified for the process – however it would imply that she’s were given sufficient whimsical British interest contests on her plate already. – LS