Who knew a show about cookies and cakes could trigger such misery?
Fielding, famed for his work on The Mighty Boosh, and Toksvig, who, in addition to recently replacing Stephen Fry as the host of quiz show QI, is the co-founder of Britain's Women's Equality Party, will host the show when it makes its leap to Channel 4 after seven seasons on the BBC. They will join judges Prue Leith, the cooking school founder who has replaced original baking goddess Mary Berry, and Paul Hollywood.
Hollywood, a professional baker, is the only original GBBO castmember to stay with the show as it jumps ship. Last year negotiations between the BBC and Love Productions, which produces the show, fell through, prompting a lucrative (and highly controversial) new deal with Channel 4. Berry and Mel and Sue declined to follow the money and carry on with the show, though Hollywood had no such qualms and has been villainized as a "scab" as sorts for participating in the GBBO's unwelcome new makeover.
"I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show," Hollywood said in a statement to the Guardian. "Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend, and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
Viewers and Mel and Sue loyalists aren't so welcoming. Hell, even Russell Brand is flummoxed.
First Brexit, now Bake Off. Keeping calm and carrying on is getting harder, loves. On the bright side, don't rule out an eventual return to order. If Tyra can come back to America's Next Top Model, there's some hope for Mel and Sue.