'Great British Bake Off' co-host Sandi Toksvig announces departure after three seasons

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After three years as co-host of "Great British Bake Off" on Channel 4, broadcaster and author Sandi Toksvig has announced that he will not return for another season.

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Toksvig, 61, shared the news. via Twitter Thursday, telling fans he was retiring to "spend more time with my other job." Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, as well as co-host Noel Fielding, are still expected to return next year.

"Unusually, I'm leaving the" Great British Bake Off "to be able to spend more time with my other work. As my waist will testify," Bake Off "is a show that consumes everything," Toksvig said Thursday.
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“When quitting a job, it is quite common for people to say they are doing it to spend more time with their family. Unusually, I leave the "Great British Bake Off" to spend more time with my other job. As my waist will testify, "Bake Off" is a show that consumes everything, "Toksvig said in a statement also shared by Channel 4, which aired the series since it moved from the BBC in 2017.

"Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life," Toksvig continued. “These are friendships that I know will continue beyond the limits of television. "Bake Off" is a wonderful program that has already shown that it can happily support a change in hosting staff. The reason for that, of course, is that the real stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish you all the best. "

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Co-presenter Noel Fielding, who often appeared alongside Toksvig as the comic relief of the program, responded to Toksvig news on social media, saying it had been "a joy" to work with her for the past three years.

Paul and Prue also added that they will always have good memories of their timeshare in the store.

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Channel 4 said Thursday that "the search is currently underway" for the replacement of Toksvig.

"Candidates must have the experience of cleaning up spills and occasional tears, preparing tea and keeping amateur bakers on time."

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"The Great British Bake Off," known as "The Great British Baking Show" in the United States, debuted for the first time on the BBC in 2010, with Hollywood and Mary Berry as judges, and Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as co-hosts. Perkins, Giedroyc and Berry announced their departure before the program moved to Channel 4; Toksvig and Fielding assumed the position of presenters from the eighth season, and Leith was elected as the new judge.