Sue Perkins will not appear in this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off, leaving co-presenter Mel Giedroyc to present the BBC baking show on her own, but it has been confirmed that the duo will be reunited next week.
Making light of the fact that her partner-in-crime is absent for the first time in Bake Off’s six-year history, viewers will witness Mel introducing Biscuit Week alone, telling the bakers in the tent: “One baker has gone, they’re not coming back. Sue’s also gone, but she will be back.”
The comedy double act – who have hosted GBBO together since its launch in 2010 – are considered part of the reason behind the show’s huge ratings success, with their comradery, cheeky innuendos and general banter making them as popular with viewers as judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
However this week will mark the first time that Sue, 46, has missed an episode of the show (discounting Comic Relief episodes), as she was reportedly forced to leave the set before filming.
According to The Telegraph, the beloved broadcaster was absent from the second episode, which was filmed in April, due to a family bereavement, but she later recorded some voiceover material and a pre-recorded sequence for the programme.
Meanwhile a show source told The Sun: “Sue was disappointed not to be bale to join the team in the tent, but she is back next week.”
Despite the change-up this week, the new series of GBBO has already fired up the ovens to record-breaking ratings, with the baking show’s launch episode attracting 11.2m viewers and an audience share of 47.5%.
This week the amateur bakes will be tackling biscuits, with a Showstopper Challenge featuring some of the competition’s most elaborate gingerbread structures ever – so we should expect a few mishaps, but hopefully no tears since there will be two less shoulders to cry on!
The Great British Bake Off continues tonight at 8pm on BBC One.