Noel Fielding 'struggling to pronounce' names of Great British Bake Off dishes

Reports claim comedian's blunders repeatedly held up filming

Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding reportedly caused disruption while filming Channel 4's new series of The Great British Bake Off - as he couldn't pronounce some of the bakes.

Noel has teamed up with Sandi Toksvig to take over from Mel and Sue as presenters of the popular food competition.

And it seems that the Mighty Boosh comedian - an unexpected choice for the role - could have done with a bit more rehearsal time.

The Daily Star reports that Noel held up filming on multiple occasions because he couldn't say the names of some of the dishes properly.

Desserts he apparently struggled with include 'croquembouche', a cone-shaped stack of profiteroles, and 'religieuse a l’ancienne', a tower of eclairs.

"Noel kept getting tongue-tied. He found it really difficult to get the pronunciation right," a source told the newspaper.

"Many viewers are baking experts so it’s vital that the presenter can get it right. It was so funny to watch, but also a little bit frustrating for the contestants and bosses.

"One of the contestants even brought him a stack of baking books in a bid to help him brush up on his knowledge."

Channel 4 was recently forced to deny claims of a frosty atmosphere among Bake Off's new on-screen team.

The Sun alleged that Noel refused to sample any of the contestants' efforts to avoid gaining weight - and that Mary Berry's replacement Prue Leith was not getting along with co-judge Paul Hollywood.

However, a C4 rep hit back: "The Great British Bake Off team get on brilliantly and together have all the ingredients for a show-stopping series."

Viewers will soon get their first taste of the new Bake Off, as it's expected to hit our screens within the next few weeks.

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