Alan Carr will NOT host Great British Bake Off and admits he's not the show's biggest fan

Published Monday, Oct 3 2016, 17:27 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Alan Carr will NOT host the Great British Bake Off. He's taken himself out of the running, after admitting he's not actually a huge fan of the show.

Say what?!

Alan Carr outside ITV Studios, London
March 2016

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We thought Bake Off was loved by everyone, but turns out Alan isn't the biggest fan of the baking competition.

It's set to move to Channel 4 as of next year, and the channel switch has seen hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins quit Bake Off, along with show judge Mary Berry. Since their exits, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive when it comes to who will fill Mary's shoes and who will take over hosting duties from Mel and Sue.

Alan had reportedly been lined up for the presenting gig, but joining Heat magazine on Facebook, Alan chose to set the record straight.

He said: "Can I just say, I haven't been linked to it, well I have but... everyone keeps asking me." Alan then confessed: "I don't love the show as much as everyone else."

The Chatty Man host joked: "I know I look like I eat a lot of cakes but it don't mean I want to be in that tent. Someone would love that job... I feel I'd be taking a job away from someone."

So that rules Alan out, along with Davina McCall (who claimed she couldn't host Bake Off because she is sugar-free) and This Morning's presenting duo Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Mel and Sue announced their decision to leave Bake Off in September, following confirmation that it will be jumping ship to Channel 4. In a statement, the duo explained their decision was out of loyalty to the BBC. They said: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was... we're not going with the dough."

Great British Bake Off: Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
21 September

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Mary then followed suit. She has starred as a judge on the show since it first aired in 2010 and will be leaving after seven series on Bake Off. Mary said: "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 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 that he will be staying on Bake Off and has signed a three year deal with Channel 4 to continue as judge. Paul said in a statement that he "couldn't just turn his back" on the show and later added on Twitter that he will miss having Mary alongside him.

Proving there's no bad blood, Mary has said she thinks Bake Off will be "very successful" with Paul on Channel 4. She told The Sun: "The Great British Bake Off is going to Channel 4 and I'm sure it'll be very successful with Paul. Wait and see... Mel and Sue are brilliant and we had a marvellous time on the programme and that's how it will remain."

The BBC lost its Great British Bake Off rights to Channel 4 after failing to match the financial wishes of its production company Love. Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal with Love Productions - the show will air a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer next year, before resuming in 2018.

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