Earlier this week, the line-up for Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off was unveiled, and well, it’s safe to say that not everyone is loving the announcement.
It was confirmed by Channel 4 that Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be replacing Mel & Sue as the hosts of he show, Prue Leith will be the new Mary Berry alongside Paul Hollywood. The internet went into a bit of a meltdown when the announcements were made as people were seemingly expecting better names. Let’s face it, Channel 4 has a major challenge on its hands after it stole Bake Off from the BBC. Bake Off was regularly receiving in excess of 14 million viewers, with the finale getting upwards of 15 million viewers. Channel 4 will obviously want to secure similar figures, so that have to get the new series so right, or the format may suffer a painful death. But it is evident that the first big announcemnt from Channel 4 hasn’t gone down well with viewers.
Now, reports suggest that maybe the presenting line-pup of Fielding and Toksvig were the first choice, or even second, third, fourth, or fifth for that matter.
The Sun newspaper has reported that the production company behind Bake Off – Love Productions – approached several other high-profile celebrities to host the show including the likes of Davina McCall, Jamie Oliver, Dawn French, and Jennifer Saunders. However, all of them turned down the offers.
We are going to take the rumours with a pinch of salt as none of the celebs have confirmed they were approached, nor has Love Productions confirmed they extended the offer. However, we can probably believe that Fielding and Toksvig wren’t the first choices to present the show.
A source told the newspaper: “A lot of people at Love Productions are worried about what Channel 4 is going to do with their show. Noel is going go turn off a lot of the family viewing that made Bake Off such a favourite. Bit this is the risk of selling off a national treasure to the highest bidder.
“Noel and Sandi are an odd combination and they certainly weren’t top of the list – or even tenth on the list. Channel 4’s most loyal presenters were not interested. There was talk that replacing Mel & Sue was a toxic proposition”.
Well, this is what you get for trying to fix something that wasn’t exactly broken…