The Great British Bake Off: Alison Hammond set to be announced as new host | Ents & Arts News

Alison Hammond is set to become the new host of The Great British Bake Off, replacing Matt Lucas.

Bosses of the hit Channel 4 show are set to announce her as co-presenter to actor and comedian Noel Fielding within days, according to reports.

Hammond, 48, would be the first black Caribbean host or judge to appear on the flagship program in its 14-year history.

Matt Lucas (second from left) with Paul Hollywood, Dame Prue Leith and Noel Fielding

A source told the Daily Mirror that This Morning reporter and presenter Hammond “is an excellent choice”.

“She’ll bring warmth and humor to the tent in spades. We’ll laugh just thinking about it,” they said.

The star first shot to fame while starring in the third series of reality TV show Big Brother.

She was then listed as a reporter and later presenter on This Morning, and recently hosted the BAFTA Awards alongside actor Richard E Grant.

She also made an appearance on the celebrity version of Bake Off in 2020, which annually raises money for the Stand Up 2 Cancer charity.

Hammond is set to take over hosting duties from comedian and actor Matt Lucas, who announced he was leaving the popular baking show in December, after three rounds.

At the time, he said it had been a “delightful experience” and that he couldn’t think of a “more fun way” to spend his summers, but found it difficult to fit other projects into His schedule.

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Pastry shop is set to begin filming this summer, with Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood to return as judges.

Sky News has contacted Channel 4 for comment.

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