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Dawn French not in the running for Bake Off presenting role

Dawn French has ruled out presenting The Great British Bake Off alongside comedy partner Jennifer Saunders when it moves to Channel 4.

Dawn French would "absolutely not" consider a presenting role on The Great British Bake Off.

The programme is moving from the BBC to Channel 4 next, with Paul Hollywood the only original member of the team going with it. His fellow judge Mary Berry and presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are staying with the BBC, with much speculation about what programme they will team up on next for the network.

In the meantime, Channel 4 are looking for a new presenting team for their take on the much-loved show, with Dawn and her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders among those rumoured to be in the running for the roles.

However, the 59-year-old actress has denied the claims, telling the Daily Mirror: "I think that rumour started because what other two girls are there working together?

"It's as simple as that. 'Those two, them'. Absolutely not, no. It'll probably work perfectly nicely on Channel 4. They don't have to get many viewers to be pleased. Mary'll get her own thing and Mel and Sue'll get their own thing and everyone will be happy."

Dawn's denial comes after Jennifer addressed the speculation in a tweet in October (16), writing: "Its complete b**locks that Dawn and I are 'lined up' to take over Great British Bake off. (sic)"

It was also revealed last weekend that despite the BBC wanting to do a four-part Bake Off special for Comic Relief later this year, with Paul and Mary judging together for one final time, production company Love Productions had denied them the opportunity.

They are instead expected to create a version in aid of Channel 4 charity drive Stand Up To Cancer instead.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "We would have loved a Bake Off Comic Relief special, but Love Productions refused to make it.

"They have now moved to Channel 4 and are making a charity programme with them – with which we wish them well."

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