Forget “Megxit”, because Great Britain is facing another big shock. On Thursday, Sandi Toksvig, the popular co-organizer of the British backshow (The Great British Bake-Off in England), announced that she would leave the baking competition series to focus on other job opportunities after three seasons of watching professional bakers delicious sweets.
– Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig), January 16, 2020
“When people quit their jobs, it is quite common to do so to spend more time with their family,” Toksvig announced her resignation in a statement on Twitter. “Unusually, I’m leaving the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time doing my other work. As my waistline will attest, Bake Off is an all-consuming show.”
“Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel was one of the great joys of my life,” she continued. “These are friendships that I know will go beyond the limits of television. Bake Off is a wonderful show that has already proven that it can easily withstand changes in hosting staff. The reason, of course, is that the real stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone all the best. “
In a statement, Richard McKerrow, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer of Love Productions said: “We will always be incredibly grateful to Sandi for being one of the moderators of Bake Off when we joined Channel 4 with Noel, Paul and Prue. “
“She has made a huge contribution to Bake Off in the past three years, with her keen, witty sense of humor and passionate commitment to dozens of bakers during her time in the tent,” said E! On-line. “We wish her all the best for the exciting projects she is currently working on and beyond.”
In the eighth season of the series, Toksvig has hosted the Great British Baking Show together with Noel Fielding since 2017. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judge the competition.
According to PEOPLE, the series, which has been broadcast for 10 seasons, was originally moderated by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, along with Hollywood by judge Mary Berry. Perkins, Giedroyc and Berry left the company during a network change in the UK in 2016.
All seasons of The Great British Bake-Off can be streamed on Netflix under the name The Great British Baking Show. It is also broadcast on PBS.
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