Matt Lucas has stepped down as host The Great British Bake Off.
the previous Lesser Britain stern announced his decision on Tuesday evening (December 6), alluding to other TV commitments as the reason for his departure.
Lucas, who has hosted the show since replacing Sandi Toksvig in 2019, shared the news with his followers on social media.
On Twitter the official baking Account wrote that the series “appreciated” everything Lucas had brought to the show throughout his tenure, “especially when laughs and smiles were so much needed.”
“It was my pleasure,” they added. “Thanks Matt.”
He will leave the show before filming begins on the next series, with a replacement yet to be announced.
However, Lucas will continue to appear in the two upcoming specials, which will air on Christmas Eve and January 1, 2023.
Here’s Lucas’ full Twitter statement…
“Taking leave baking! 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.
“Well, after three series and 51 episodes, I’m happily passing the baguette on to someone else.
“I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 as well as Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and of course the wonderful bakers for welcoming me to the tent.
“I wish whoever takes over the very best and I can’t wait to get ready for the next series without already knowing who won!”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/matt-lucas-bake-off-great-british-baking-show-b2240123.html Read Matt Lucas’ statement on leaving The Great British Bake Off – in full