Sandi Toksvig will leave the hit Channel 4 series The Great British Bake Off. The 61-year-old announcer is leaving the program after three years to “focus on other work projects,” according to the channel. Toksvig, who joined Bake Off in 2017 along with comedian Noel Fielding, also presents the BBC QI program of questions, and was previously a presenter of News Quiz on Radio 4. He also wrote novels and plays, founded Women’s Equality Party in 2015 and will be the host. an upcoming series for Channel 4, The Write Offs, in which illiterate adults participate in a spelling contest.
In a statement, Toksvig, of Danish origin, celebrated his time in the pastry program and joked that he consumed everything “as my waist will testify.” She described working with Fielding and Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood as “one of the great pleasures of my life … these are friendships that I know will continue beyond the limits of television” and added that Bake Off was a ” Wonderful program that has already shown that it can happily support a change in host staff. The reason for that, of course, is that the real stars of the show are the bakers themselves. ”
Bake Off was previously presented by comedians Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins between 2010 and 2016, when it aired on the BBC, first on BBC Two and then, as its popularity increased, on BBC One. He moved to Channel 4 in a £ 75 million deal, after the BBC refused to pay producers of Love Productions programs £ 25 million a year to maintain the program.
Ian Katz, Channel 4’s program director, said Toksvig had been “a big part of why Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 has been so successful,” adding that “we will miss his warmth and ingenuity, not to mention his infinite disposition to be the target of jokes about being the least tall person in the Bake Off store. ” Katz also said that Toksvig would continue to have an “important presence on the channel with new programs under development, none of which involves cake.”
In an Instagram post, Hollywood said Toksvig had “done an amazing job at the store” and that “everyone who knew her loved her.” In a separate publication, Leith described her as “a bright and enormously funny hostess.”
Bake Off remains one of the most popular Channel 4 shows despite the fact that the figures have fallen markedly since it was first broadcast 10 years ago. 6.9 million viewers tuned to the final finale of the series, compared to 7.3 million for the first series on Channel 4 and 14.5 million for the 2015 BBC series, which was won by the bridal star Nadiya Hussain Having built a reputation as a gentle show of escapism, the program was subject to widespread scrutiny in its most recent series, with increasingly difficult challenges, including the “impossible” Bridesmaid, and hard comments from Leith and Hollywood to the contestants It was finally won by 36-year-old health consultant David Atherton, who finished ahead of favorites Alice Fevronia and Steph Blackwell.
Toksvig will return to the store for the last time in the celebrity series Stand Up to Cancer, featuring contestants like Louis Theroux and Carol Vorderman. While Toksvig’s replacement has not yet been announced, bookmakers’ favorites are said to include Hussain, who has presented BBC series, including Nadiya’s British Food Adventure since winning the show, Jo Brand, who is currently presenting the complementary program An Extra Slice, and Rylan Clark-Neal, who is ready to lead the upcoming BBC revival of Ready Steady Cook.