Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are the new hosts of 'The Great British Bake Off'

Jake Kanter
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Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are to replace Mel and Sue as the new hosts of "The Great British Bake Off."

The comedians will be joined by new judge Prue Leith, who will fill the shoes of Mary Berry as the UK's biggest television show moves from the BBC to Channel 4 this year. Paul Hollywood will also reprise his judging duties.

The new line-up has been the source of wild speculation in the British press and Channel 4 confirmed the talent team in a press release on Thursday afternoon. The broadcaster also confirmed that "Bake Off" will return in the autumn.

"Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth," said Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt. "Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent. It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4."

Toksvig currently hosts "QI" for the BBC, while Fielding is perhaps best known for his work on BBC3 comedy "The Mighty Boosh" and, more recently, he was a team captain on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks."

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GettyThey face a sizeable task in replacing comedy double act Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who quit "Bake Off" last year in protest of its £75 million ($100 million) move from the BBC to Channel 4.

"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," Toksvig said.

Fielding added: "I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double."

Berry left the programme under similar circumstances. She will be replaced by Prue Leith, who is currently a judge on BBC2 show "Great British Menu."

Leith said: "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."

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