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Alison Hammond confirmed as new Great British Bake Off host, replacing Matt Lucas

'Let’s have it! The cake that is'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 17th March 2023

Alison Hammond is officially taking over as co-host of the Great British Bake Off after Matt Lucas stepped down from the legendary tent.

The British TV icon will be joining comedian Noel Fielding this summer as another batch of amateur bakers attempt to whip up breads, cakes and biscuits, under the steely gaze of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Alison confirmed the news on her own Instagram this morning, writing: “It’s OFFICIAL!!! It’s happening The Great British Bake off ! Let’s have it ! The cake that is.”

She shared a video of herself interviewing figurines of the new GBBO presenter line-up, joking that her fellow celebrities were ‘speechless’.

She added in the video that she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ and ‘so very excited’ to be joining the hugely popular Channel 4 reality show.


Alison is no stranger to the Bake Off tent – she had her own stab at it back in 2020 when she took part in the celebrity version for Stand Up To Cancer.

During that time, she lost her oven door, made a biscuit police station (sort of…) and generally cackled her way through the whole ordeal.

Alison Hammond on the celebrity version of the Great British Bake Off. Credit: Channel 4

So the news of Alison’s return to the Great British Bake Off has delighted just about everyone, after the co-host spot was left open by Matt Lucas.

Prue Leith wrote: “Huge congratulations Alison, you will be magnificent and I can’t wait for your infectious laugh to be ringing through the tent.”

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Former GBBO winner Rahul Mandal said: “How super exciting is that. Congrats. I so want to go back in the tent now, to experience your presence and chemistry with Noel and Paul and Prue.”


Channel 4 posted on Twitter: “This is more exciting than a cream horn for breakfast. Can’t wait to welcome you to the tent.”

Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz, said: “Alison is much loved, effortlessly funny and the owner of the best laugh in Britain. She was a huge hit when she appeared on Celebrity Bake Off and we’re thrilled to have her back in the tent.”

Featured image: Channel 4