Celebs and fans react to new Bake Off presenter line-up

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Jay Hunt, the channel's chief creative officer, said the show would have a "uniquely Channel 4 take", adding: "Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth".

"Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent", he said. Punters piled cash on the QI presenter, 58, landing the role just hours before Channel 4 confirmed her as co-host, suggesting a shortlist of those in the running had been leaked.

A spokesperson said: "Love Productions and Channel 4 jointly chose Sandi and Noel as presenters and they were the only pair an offer was made to". We can not wait for them to meet our new batch of bakers.

Hollywood said he "could not be more delighted" about the show's newcomers. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious.

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Ahead of the announcement, Prue told the Daily Mail that she was terrified of "doing a Chris Evans" but admitted she would love the chance to pick up Mary Berry's mantle.

There are mixed reviews to the news that Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will host The Great British Bake Off.

Makers Love Productions fear Channel 4's appointment of the former drug user will risk the show's popularity among children and grandparents.

Cookery writer Prue Leith will step into Mary Berry's shoes as a judge, working alongside Paul Hollywood, who is the only member of the original team to move channels with the show as it enters its eighth season.

Berry quit her role on the Bake Off a year ago after it was revealed the BBC had lost out to the highest bidders for the rights to broadcast the programme.

'I believe I'm about to be paid about a quarter of a million pounds or something and I've got a deal. He said: "The punts stopped at 5/1, which suggests that nobody was certain she had got it".

@Julespestano tweeted: "Noel @noelfielding11 is going to present the Great British Bake Off i dont know whether to cry! is it lunacy or genius".

'I have some hopes of doing it soon. How will Sandi handle Paul Hollywood? "There was talk that replacing Mel and Sue was a toxic proposition". "It allowed me to follow my passion and fulfil my dreams in a way I never imagined", he said recently. But I haven't signed anything.

The newly-minted host Leith is no stranger to television.

He said: "I thought, well, that's fair enough, so I said on the air on Tuesday 'if you want any tips about the potential pitfalls, as long as you cook me lunch, Prue, because let's face it, it's not going to be the worst lunch in the world, we can have a chat about that'".

'Why shouldn't he stay with them?'

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