January 27, 2023

The Great British Bake Off 2020 star Lottie Bedlow teases her return to the big white tent for the upcoming New Year’s special.

She announced her withdrawal yesterday (Dec. 7) via Instagram Stories, after co-host Matt Lucas walked away from the show.

“No, I’m not the new one Bake presenter… but I’m back in the tent for the NY special! (if @channel4 listens I’ll take the hosting job 100%),” Lottie captioned a photo of herself.

bake off star lottie confirms return

Channel 4

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As we eagerly await Bake festive special updates, Lucas announced his surprising decision on social media yesterday: “Goodbye Bake. It’s been a lovely experience and I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend my summers but it’s become clear to me that I can’t present both Fantasy football league and Bake in addition to my other projects.”

The Little Britain and Falling stars Funnyman went on to send his “heartfelt thanks and gratitude” to colleagues Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

“I wish whoever takes over all the best and can’t wait to tune into the next series without knowing who won already.”

Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith, The Great British Bake Off

Channel 4

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Following the news, the culinary TV hits follow Twitter page uploaded his own farewell message.

“We’ve enjoyed having Matt Lucas brighten up our tent over the past three years, especially when laughter and smiles were so much needed,” it read.

“We appreciate everything he has done for Bake, from working in Covid bubbles to supporting the bakers. It was a pleasure – thanks Matt.”

The Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4 in the UK. In the US it is known as The Great British Baking Showand streams on Netflix. Bake Off: An extra piecepresented by Tom Allen and Jo Brand, broadcast Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4.

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