Alison Hammond to be named new Great British Bake Off co-host, reports say
Alison Hammond is set to be named as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off, according to reports.
The This Morning presenter is expected to join comedian Noel Finding when the Channel 4 show films this summer.
Hammond will succeed Matt Lucas and the appointment is expected to be announced within days, The Mirror reports.
A source told the newspaper: “Alison is a great choice. She will bring warmth and humour to the tent in spades. We’re laughing just thinking about it.”
Hammond, 48, has been a presenter and reporter on ITV’s This Morning since 2002. She will become the first non-white host or judge since The Great British Bake Off started in 2010.
Lucas announced in December that he was stepping down from his presenting role on the show.
The 49-year-old explained he was leaving after three series as he is no longer able to commit to the programme alongside his other projects including his new hosting role on the revived comedy show Fantasy Football League.
He wrote on Instagram: “Farewell Bake Off! It’s been a delicious experience and I can’t imagine a more fun way of spending my summers, but it’s become clear to me that I can’t present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.
“So, after three series and 51 episodes, I am cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.
The presenter also praised his team, adding: “I would like to give my warmest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4 and to Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and., of course,. the wonderful bakers for welcoming me into the tent.”
“I wish whoever takes over all the very best and I can’t wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won! xxx Matt”.