Sandi Toksvig is leaving The Great British Bake Off after three years as a presenter.
The 61-year-old, who hosts the baking programme alongside Noel Fielding, said today that she wants to leave the Bake Off tent to focus on other work projects.
Toksvig said: ‘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.
Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding star on Channel 4 programme The Great British Bake Off
Toksvig (rear left) with fellow Bake Off stars Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith
Toksvig said in a statement that ‘spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life’
Bake Off judge Prue Leith tweeted: ‘I have absolutely loved working with Sandi, she’s been a brilliant host and enormous fun and I am in awe of how hard she works juggling so many different projects. We shall be lifelong friends’ way beyond the tent. #GBBO #sanditoksvig’
‘Unusually, I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show.
‘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.
Toksvig is pictured at The Writers’ Guild Awards 2020 held in London on Monday
‘Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.
‘The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well.’
Toksvig has fronted the programme alongside Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith since 2017 after it moved to Channel 4 from BBC One.
Leith tweeted: ‘I have absolutely loved working with Sandi, she’s been a brilliant host and enormous fun and I am in awe of how hard she works juggling so many different projects.
‘We shall be lifelong friends’ way beyond the tent. #GBBO #sanditoksvig.’
Ian Katz, Channel 4’s director of programmes, 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.’
A post from the official Bake Off Instagram account confirmed that Toksvig will appear in the upcoming series of The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off before her departure from the show.
‘All pud things come to an end,’ the post said. ‘The upcoming series of The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off will mark the end of Sandi’s magnificent stint as a presenter on the show.
‘We would like to thank her for all the wonderful memories and wish her the very best for the future. #GBBO.’
Richard McKerrow, chief creative officer and executive producer for Love Productions, said: ‘We’ll always be incredibly grateful to Sandi for becoming one of the hosts of Bake Off when we moved to Channel 4, along with Noel, Paul and Prue.
‘She has contributed hugely to Bake Off over the last three years, with her sharp witty sense of humour and her passionate commitment to the dozens of bakers during her time in the tent.
‘We wish her all the very best on the exciting projects she is currently working on and beyond.’