Exclusive: Celebs Go Dating star Tom Read Wilson reveals his hopes to host The Great British Bake Off

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Celebs Go Dating star Tom Read Wilson has revealed it would be his "dream" to host The Great British Bake Off...

Receptionist Tom stole our hearts on Celebs Go Dating and since it wrapped, we've all been wondering whether we'll be seeing his face pop up on our screens again. He is, after all, hoping to continue on TV and speaking to Reveal recently, there is one presenting gig he is just itching to have: Bake Off.

We could so picture him in the tent, egging all the bakers on, you?

Tom Read Wilson on Celebs Go Dating

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Luckily for him, a spot has opened up as hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they have quit Bake Off following its move from the BBC to Channel 4.

Tom exclusively told us: "My dream would be to host Bake Off. I would adore that! Someone actually started a campaign on Twitter. It wasn't my idea, but it has really sprouted wings. Someone started the hashtag #TomForBakeOff and there have been two tweets about it."

Of course, Bake Off wouldn't work without a duo fronting the show, so we asked Tom who he would have as his co-host if he did take over.

"Mel and Sue have wonderful chemistry and that really needs to be there, doesn't it?" He said. I'd have Joey Essex as my co-host. My recent experience of Joey Essex made me swoon quite a lot... he's charming. Joey was just so twinkling, he really was."

Joey on Bake Off? That would certainly be interesting!

Nadia Essex and Joey Essex on Celebs Go Dating, E4
12 September

© E4/Supplied by WENN

Nadia is favouring herself over Joey to be Tom's co-host...

Tom's co-star Nadia Essex, meanwhile, wasn't having any of it. She was with Tom when he revealed to us his Bake Off hopes and turned and said to him: "Are you f**king joking me? i'm sitting right here! Oh, how rude! Mel and Sue? Tom and Nadia."

Offering Tom her support, she is backing him to take over hosting duties: "You'd be the best new host of Bake Off ever."

As well as new hosts, Bake Off could also be recruiting a new judge when it switches home in 2018, as show favourite Mary Berry has decided to leave.

Great British Bake Off: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins
7 September

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Releasing a statement about her exit, Mary explained: "What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 years of magic in a tent - The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.

"My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision. I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.

"Farewell to soggy bottoms."

Paul Hollywood, meanwhile, has confirmed he will be staying on Bake Off, stating that he "couldn't just turn my back" on the show that has been a "huge part" of his life. He added that he'll miss his co-judge Mary, adding: "She has made the right decision for her."

BBC has aired Bake Off since 2010 but this month lost the rights to Channel 4, after failing to match the monetary requirements of the show's maker Love Productions

GBBO's current series airs Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One.

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