- Guaranteeing it stays as gay as ever.
Gay comic Matt Lucas is to take over from lesbian star Sandi Toksvig as co-host of the Great British Bake Off.
Lucas, who made his name starring in comedy series Little Britain, will take his place in the Bake Off tent this year.
He’ll join fellow host Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood on the Channel 4 hit show.
Much larger trousers
Lucas, aged 46, said: ‘I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television.
‘I can’t wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent.’
Lucas joining the show maintains a tradition of LGBT+ hosts for all of Great British Bake Off history.
The first hosts were lesbian comic Sue Perkins alongside her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc when the show started in 2010.
Next up was another brilliant lesbian comic, Sandi Toksvig, who has co-hosted with Fielding for the last three series.
Earlier this year, when Toksvig announced her departure from the show, Fielding said it made him feel like ‘Tom without his Jerry’.
But now he has welcomed Lucas to the show:
‘I love Matt. I love his warmth and his comedy and his big joyful smile. I think if we play our cards right, we could become the next Chas and Morph.’
What’s next for Sandi Toksvig?
Meanwhile Toksvig has said her shock departure from Bake Off is to spend more time on her other work.
She is currently host of QI, the BBC comedy quiz about unusual facts. Moreover she is an author, LGBT+ advocate and co-founded the Women’s Equality Party.
Toksvig said: ‘When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.
‘Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work.
‘As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show.’