Great Celebrity Bake Off fans devastated just minutes into episode as beloved star confirms it's their last | The SunApril 17, 2023
VIEWERS were rocked by shock news in the final episode the Great Celebrity Bake Off Stand Up To Cancer special.
Host Matt Lucas announced Sunday's episode of the Channel 4 show was his last, after filming a total of 51 episodes.
The 49-year-old presented the show alongside co-host Noel Fielding after he took over from former host Sandi Toksvig.
He took to social media to mark his last episode which aired on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter, Matt wrote: "Farewell Bake Off! It's been a delicious experience and I can't imagine a more fun way of spending my summers.
"But it's become clear to me that I can't present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.
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"So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.
"I would like to give my warmest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 and to Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and, of course, the wonderful bakers for welcoming me into the tent.
"I wish whoever takes over the very best and I can't wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won!"
Fans were left fuming the comedian will no longer be seen in the bake off tent.
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One said: “Nooooo. Matt’s banter with Noel was legendary!”
Another commented: “How is it Matt’s last show already?!”
A third penned: “When You Realise Tonight is Matt Lucas's Final Bake Off!!!”
Alison Hammond has been confirmed to replace Matt in the next series, which they will start filming in July.
The official GBBO social media channels announced Alison’s appointment in March this year.
They wrote: "We’re delighted to announce that Alison Hammond will be joining forces with Noel Fielding to host the next series of The Great British Bake Off on @Channel4 later this year,"
This Morning star Alison narrated a mock up press conference in the video and said: "Breaking news everyone.
"Alison Hammond is joining the team of the Great British Bake Off. Alison, have you got any words whatsoever?"
Zooming in on her face, she added: "Do you know what I'm just so very excited.
"As you can see, all my colleagues are absolutely speechless.
"We're so very happy and we can't wait to get started!"
The star captioned her video: "It’s OFFICIAL!!! It’s happening The Great British Bake off ! Let’s have it !
"The cake that is 😂#GBBO 2023 @britishbakeoff @noel_fielding @prueleith @channel4 @paul.hollywood"
Prue wrote: "Huge congratulations Alison, you will be magnificent and I can’t wait for your infectious laugh to be ringing through the tent."
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Fellow presenters Claudia Winkleman said: "Brilliant!" and Joel Dommett said: "Such great news!"
Loyal viewers of the Channel 4 baking show also gave her a unanimous thumbs up, predicting the hilarious This Morning favourite will be the perfect fit to replace comic Matt.
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