For loyal fans of The Great British Bake Off, watching the current (seventh) series has been bittersweet. Only two weeks after it launched, it was announced that the much-loved show would be moving from BBC1 to Channel 4, and that hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins wouldn’t be going with it.
As if that weren’t devastating enough, judge Mary Berry then revealed that she wouldn’t be joining GBBO in its new home either. Her fellow judge Paul Hollywood will remain on the show, but fans seem to think Hollywood without Berry will be the biggest soggy bottom you could imagine.
But today came news so good that Bake Off traditionalists might just be willing to give the Channel 4 show a shot. It hasn’t been confirmed, but it appears that the frontrunner for the presenting job is Richard Ayoade, best known for his roles in The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.
According to The Sun, a source said, “Richard is a really popular choice at the minute, as many think he’s got a great character that would bring a great spark to the show. He’s got a wonderful off-beat sense of humour, which would really fit the change of channel — and would no doubt be a popular choice with viewers too. It’s still early days, but he is definitely up there and now the leading candidate.”
Other names thrown into the mix are Jo Brand, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, but Ayoade is the one Bake Off devotees are really getting excited about.
though i won't get over mel n sue, havin Richard Ayoade host GBBO is a stroke of genius from channel 4
— lucy (@luchorsley) October 17, 2016
Me: There's nothing Channel 4 can say or do to save my interest in their version of Bake Off.
Channel 4: Here's Richard Ayoade
— The Incredible Malk (@MalkSmash) October 17, 2016
Been saying I won't watch Bake Off when it goes to channel 4. However, if the Richard Ayoade rumours are true…I'm there in an instant
— Kat Wheeler (@KatTMWheeler) October 17, 2016
ok. if richard ayoade is presenting new bake off, i take back everything bad i said about the move. i absolutely love him
— Siobhán Moore (@SiobhanMoore90) October 17, 2016
WHEN U DONT WANNA WATCH THE CHANNEL 4 BAKE OFF AND BE A TRAITOR BUT RICHARD AYOADE IS GONNA BE THE HOST FMLFML
— moll (@donediddly) October 17, 2016
It may be some time before the new presenters are confirmed — plenty of time for fans of Ayoade to persuade Channel 4 he’s the secret ingredient they need to prove the doubters wrong.