Matt Lucas sends heartwarming message to Alison Hammond as she takes over GBBO job
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Matt Lucas has shared a sweet congratulations message to Alison Hammond as she’s announced as the new host of Great British Bake Off.
Lucas announced he was leaving the hit baking show back in December, saying at the time that he could no longer balance his work on the show with his other commitments. You can see Alison’s GBBO announcement here:
In a post on social media he said: "Farewell Bake Off! It's been a delicious experience and I can't imagine a more fun way of spending my summers.
"But it's become clear to me that I can't present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.
"So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.
"I would like to give my warmest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 and to Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and, of course, the wonderful bakers for welcoming me into the tent.
"I wish whoever takes over the very best and I can't wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won!"
Until now, fans have been in the dark about who will be joining Noel Fielding and judges Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood in the GBBO tent later this year.
But today it was announced that former Big Brother star and all-round legend Allison would be taking on the role.
She revealed the news in a cute clip on Instagram, which featured a cake version of the set - complete with cake hosts and judges - saying: “Breaking news, Alison Hammond is joining the team of the Great British Bake Off. Alison, have you got any words whatsoever?”
The camera then pans to cake Allison while human Allison says: “Well, d’ya know what? I’m just absolutely thrilled, I’m gonna be meeting the bakers very soon and joining the Great British Bake Off.
“I’m so very excited! As you can see, all my colleagues are absolutely speechless… Yep, yep, just speechless. We’re so very happy and we can’t wait to get started.”
And now Lucas has shared his feelings about his replacement, writing on Twitter: “Dear Alison, many congratulations! You were born to do it. You will be brilliant! Xx”
In a statement, Allison said it’s an ‘honour’ to be asked to join the show.
“Finally I can talk about it! I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Great British Bake Off and can’t wait to meet this year’s bakers,” she said.
“It’s a huge honour to be back in the tent and I can’t wait to get started.”
And I personally cannot wait to see her in action.