CONFIRMED! Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding join Channel 4's Great British Bake Off

Broadcaster officially announces Mary Berry and Mel and Sue's replacements

Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding join The Great British Bake Off

Channel 4 has officially confirmed today that Prue Leith will replace Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off - while Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding will be the show's new presenters.

Mary and hosts Mel and Sue quit the baking competition last year after it moved from the BBC to C4.

Rumours have since been rife about who would replace them, with Prue in particular proving a hot favourite.

Now, after weeks of speculation, bosses have announced that the former Great British Menu judge will indeed be stepping in to the famous tent.

Prue, founder of the Leiths School of Food and Wine, commented: "I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV.

"I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us."

Meanwhile, Mel and Sue will be replaced by comedians Sandi, presenter of C4's Fifteen To One, and Noel, who's best known for The Mighty Boosh.

Sandi said: "It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings.

"I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show."

Noel added: "GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me!"

The newbies will join Paul Hollywood, the only member of the old team following Bake Off to its new home.

"I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show," he said. "Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious.

"I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers."

The new line-up gives Bake Off a "uniquely Channel 4 take", according to the broadcaster's Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt.

"Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent," she noted.

"It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4."

Recently it was confirmed that the BBC has waived a contractual 'holdback' clause that would have prevented the main version of Bake Off from returning before 2018.

Therefore, the show's eighth series is now expected to air on C4 later this year.

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