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Channel 4 struggling to entice new Bake Off presenters - report

Josh Widdicombe and Kate Quilton were reportedly in line for presenting jobs on Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off, but that fell through.

Channel 4 is reportedly struggling to find presenters for their revamped version of The Great British Bake Off.

The network won the rights to the programme after a bidding war with the BBC, the former home of the much-loved baking show. While Paul Hollywood moved with the show to Channel 4, his fellow judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all stayed with the BBC.

Now The Sun reports Channel 4 is finding it difficult to fill the presenting slots for their incarnation of the show, because young stars don't want to anger Mel and Sue.

"Channel 4 is gunning to make it the best ever series yet and is trying to sign up huge names," a source told the newspaper. "But talks have stalled as to who will replace Mel and Sue as no one in a small industry wants to be seen to be stepping on their toes.

"Big-name chefs with huge gravitas are all desperate to replace Mary because they have seen what it has done for her brand and career but young presenters are running scared at the idea of upsetting Mel and Sue."

According to The Sun, Josh Widdicombe, who won over viewers on The Last Leg, and Superfoods presenter Kate Quilton had been in line for the slots, but that didn't work out - leaving Channel 4 to renew their hunt.

"Kate and Josh fitted the mould of what Love and C4 want in a presenter, but it didn’t work out for one reason or another," the source added. "They are determined to get the best possible presenters they can but they are still a while off yet because so many of the obvious candidates love Bake Off. No one wants to be the person who took it on and failed.”

Paul is reportedly set to judge the new series alongside Prue Leith, but one person who won't be tuning in to the show is Sue.

She admitted in an interview over the weekend that while she wishes the programme the best, she can't face watching it herself.

"It does sting sometimes that we’re not doing it any more - and of course it’s really sad - but we made our decision and we made it quickly and together," she told the Mail on Sunday. "Hand on heart, I don’t know if I’d watch it because that might be a bit weird but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it to succeed."

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