The 61-year-old broadcaster announced its departure on Thursday, revealing that it was abandoning the successful cooking show, known to the American public as “The Great British Baking Show,” to focus on other work projects.
“Unusually I leave the Great British Bake Off to spend more time with my other work. As my waist will testify, Bake Off is a show that consumes everything.”
The program confirmed in a statement that they are looking for someone new to join co-host Noel Fielding and “Bake Off” judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
Toksvig continued: “Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. They are friendships that I know will continue beyond the limits of television.”
The Danish comedian said the program was a “wonderful” program and added that in the past he has shown that “he can happily endure a change of host staff.”
“The reason for that, of course, is that the real stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone the best,” Toksvig added.
Toksvig, who has appeared in 51 episodes, is not the first presenter to move away from the UK program.
He joined the series in 2017 along with the Fielding comic when the show severed ties with the BBC and signed an agreement for its broadcast on Channel 4. The movement led original presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc to retire.
In response to the news of Toksvig’s departure, Leith tweeted: “I loved working with Sandi, she has been a brilliant and very entertaining host, and I am amazed at how hard she works juggling so many different projects.”
Leith added that the couple will be “lifelong friends.”
Fielding said he felt “like Tom without Jerry” after Toksvig’s departure, tweeting: “I’m going to miss yooooooooooooooooo and the wonderful moments we had to play together in the store! Double acts are (a) weird and magical beast and working with you was a pleasure. “
Ian Katz, Channel 4’s program director, said in a statement that Toksvig had been “a big part of why Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 has been so successful,” adding that “his unique voice will continue to have a presence. important in the channel with new programs in development, none of which involves cake. “