Prue Leith makes an embarrassing confession about Noel Fielding after Matt Lucas’ bake-off exit

Prue Leith has admitted she has never heard of her The Great British Bake Off co-star Noel Fielding until he appeared on the show.

The popular Channel 4 baking series judge appeared on Lorraine today (Tuesday 20th December) where she shared some anecdotes about her beginnings as a chef as well as her thoughts on Matt Lucas’ recent departure from Bake Off.

The comedian shocked fans earlier this month by announcing he was leaving the show after three series. He explained that juggling his various TV commitments has become too difficult.

“Taking leave baking!ā€ he wrote in a statement. “It was a delicious experience and I can’t think of a more fun way to spend my summers. But I realized that I can’t present both Fantasy Football League and baking Besides all my other projects.

“So, after three series and 51 episodes, I’m happily passing the baguette on to someone else.”

When asked who she would like to replace Lucas on the show, Leith paused before sharing her thoughts.

“I don’t know any young comedians … I had never heard of Noel Fielding when he started,” she admitted.

“[Iā€™d like] someone I know, preferably!ā€

Fielding is displayed baking with Leith alongside fellow judge Paul Hollywood.

Lucas’ replacement has yet to be announced by Channel 4 or the series’ producers, but many are hoping it could lead to a fun reunion for Fielding.

He has served as a core member of the baking Team since 2019 when he took over Sandi Toksvig as Fielding’s co-host.

He is slated to appear in two upcoming ones baking Christmas specials aired on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve and New Year’s. Prue Leith makes an embarrassing confession about Noel Fielding after Matt Lucas’ bake-off exit


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