Channel 4 'struggling to find hosts for the Great British Bake Off'

The Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins

Channel 4 is reportedly struggling to find hosts for the Great British Bake Off 2017.

Insiders have claimed that potential replacements for Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who fronted the show on BBC One, aren't keen to take up the job.

According to The Sun newspaper, names in the frame have included comic Josh Widdicombe and TV presenter Kate Quilton.

However those in talks for the job are reportedly "scared" of taking on the role on the UK's most watched TV series.

“Channel 4 is gunning to make it the best ever series yet and is trying to sign up huge names," a source explained. “But talks have stalled as to who will replace Mel and Sue as no one in a small industry wants to be seen to be stepping on their toes."

The insider explained: “Big-name chefs with huge gravitas are all desperate to replace Mary because they have seen what it has done for her brand and career but young presenters are running scared at the idea of upsetting Mel and Sue."

The source added: “They are determined to get the best possible presenters they can but they are still a while off yet because so many of the obvious candidates love Bake Off.

“No one wants to be the person who took it on and failed.”

The new series of the Great British Bake Off will air later on in 2017 and as well as new hosts the show will also need a new judge to replace Mary Berry.

Only Paul Hollywood - and the Bake Off's famous tent - will remain when the series switches channels.

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