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Bake Off fans question whether new line-up is early April Fools' prank

After months of rumours, Channel 4 announced the new line-up on Thursday (16Mar17).

The Great British Bake Off fans were left wondering if the new line-up announcement was an early April Fools' Day joke, after Noel Fielding was revealed to be hosting the programme.

After months of rumours, Channel 4 announced the new names on Thursday (16Mar17). While some of the stars involved, such as new judge Prue Leith, had been widely speculated, the involvement of The Mighty Boosh comedian Noel and ageing funny woman Sandi Toksvig as presenters left many fans scratching their heads in confusion.

Some even speculated whether Channel 4 may have been staging an April Fools' prank, although it would have been early considering the notable joke day isn't until 1 April (17).

"Is @Channel4 having an early attempt at an April fools day joke? Noel Fielding? WTF #GBBO," one wrote.

Another tweeted, "Noel Fielding is an unfunny creep and he's going to RUIN BAKE OFF. THIS IS THE WORST DECISION #gbbo."

Noel and Sandi will replace Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who decided to stay with the BBC after the broadcaster lost a bidding war with Channel 4 over the rights to the beloved baking show.

After the announcement was made, Noel said in a statement about his new role: "GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double." And Sandi added: "'It is an extraordinary honour to be part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.

"The only downside is that he has much better dress sense that I do. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings."

Meanwhile, Prue will be judging hopefuls' bakes alongside Paul Hollywood, who ditched former co-judge Mary Berry to make the move to Channel 4 alone.

Prue said of the TV gig: "'I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us.

"It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team."

The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 this autumn (17).

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