Sandi Toksvig has just confirmed that she’s stepping down from her role as host on The Great British Bake Off, to give herself more time to work on other projects.
The star, who was part of the line-up alongside fellow presenter Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, shared the news in a statement posted to her Twitter feed, explaining that the experience has been ‘all consuming’ and it was time to explore pastures new.
‘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 more other work,’ Sandi explained.
— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) January 16, 2020
She went on to sing the praises of both the show itself and its cast, writing: ‘Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.’
‘Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel,’ she added, referring to the show’s previous switch from the BBC to Channel 4, and the subsequent departure of original team members Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.
‘The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves,’ Sandi concluded. ‘I wish everyone well.’
Despite being sad to see her go, fans have already left messages of support for Sandi on her feed, with one writing: ‘A loss for the show but you’re a gift to every platform you’re on so we look forward to seeing you elsewhere in the future.’
‘Painful to see you go, But happy that you’re doing so to keep working on other projects you are passionate about. Can’t wait to see what they might be,’ said another.
Sandi spent three years (and 51 showstoppers!) with Bake Off, but will still be sticking with Channel 4 for the foreseeable, hosting the forthcoming Channel 4 series The Write Offs, about the challenges surrounding adult literacy.
Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4 said: ‘Sandi is a huge part of why Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 has been such a success and we are immensely grateful for her contribution to the show. We will miss her warmth and wit, not to mention her endless willingness to be the butt of jokes about being the least tall person in the Bake Off tent.’
‘Fortunately, her unique voice will continue to have an important presence on the Channel with new shows in development – none of which involve cake.’