Anna Richardson will not replace her girlfriend Sue Perkins on The Great British Bake Off

Channel 4 reportedly offered Naked Attraction star a hosting gig - but she doesn't want it


Telly host Anna Richardson has reportedly turned down the chance to host The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 - to avoid offending her girlfriend, Sue Perkins.

Bosses are currently searching for new presenters after Sue and her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc quit the baking competition when it left the BBC.

According to The Sun, they approached Anna to see if she would be up for stepping in to the Bake Off tent.

However, the 46-year-old turned the offer down out of loyalty to Sue, whom she has been dating since 2014.

A source said: "It was always a non-starter for Anna. She’s very well thought of at Channel 4 and an obvious contender to host but it wouldn’t have been right.

"Her links with Sue made it an easy decision."

Anna has had a long association with C4, beginning her presenting career on The Big Breakfast.

She has worked on several factual formats for the broadcaster, including The Sex Education Show and Supersize vs Superskinny.

More recently she has fronted controversial dating show Naked Attraction, which triggered scores of Ofcom complaints.

Bake Off producers also face the mammoth task of finding a replacement for much-loved judge Mary Berry.

Last week famous foodies including Michel Roux Jr and Rachel Allen reportedly attended a screen test in London.

Meanwhile, C4 has confirmed that it will now screen the full eighth series of Bake Off later this year.

BBC chiefs have agreed to waive a 'holdback' clause which would have blocked the show from relaunching elsewhere until 2018.

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