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Alison Hammond 'revealed as GBBO presenter replacing Matt Lucas'

Mar 16, 2023

Alison Hammond has been reportedly chosen as Matt Lucas’ replacement on beloved Channel 4 programme, The Great British Bake Off.

The Little Britain actor, 48, announced his departure from the cooking series in December, stating other work commitments as the reason behind his decision.

The hunt was then on to find a co-host for Noel Fielding, with starry talent including Katherine Ryan, Richard Ayoade and Dawn French, among the rumoured names.

Even Dame Prue Leith, who judges GBBO along with Paul Hollywood, confessed to having ‘no idea’ who had been lined up earlier this year.

But the It’s A Sin broadcaster is thought to have come to a decision and offered ultimate hun, 48, the coveted gig.

A source said: ‘Alison is a great choice. She will bring warmth and humour to the tent in spades.’

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They continued to The Mirror: ‘We’re laughing just thinking about it.’

The decision would make the former Big Brother contestant the first non-white host or judge in the blockbuster show’s 14-year history.

It wouldn’t be the mum-of-one’s first stint in the tent, having appeared as a contestant on the Stand Up To Cancer special in 2020.

Alison appeared alongside the likes of Joe Sugg, James Blunt and Alex Jones in the charity special edition of the long-running series.

The celeb team were tasked with challenges including baking a rectangular cake, where they had to serve up identical slices.

Alison’s potential new role comes after it was reported the upcoming series of GBBO is undergoing a ‘huge revamp’ after the last season was the lowest rated in the show’s history.

An insider revealed: ‘There is a realisation last year’s show didn’t really work.’

‘We’re going to strip it back to basics, with a few twists,’ they added to the Mirror.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Channel 4 and Alison Hammond for comment.

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