Great British Bake Off: Matt Lucas’ snub after Noel Fielding ‘helped him land TV job’

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Bake Off returned to TV screens in September after delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The contestants have been whittled-down from 12 to seven and soon another will depart the show tonight. After former host Sandi Toksvig pulled out of the Channel 4 show in January, Matt Lucas has stepped in to fill her shoes. The comedian, who joined Noel Fielding, has hit the headlines a number of times since his debut. TV watchdog Ofcom reportedly received complaints about the star’s use of sexual innuendos and others moaned online about his impersonation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Lucas was announced as Toksvig’s successor in March and recounted the “strange” series of events that led up to him being auditioned for the Great British Bake Off.

He told Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast in April that he was “beyond over the moon” to be a part of “such an iconic show”.

The Little Britain star admitted: “It’s safe to say that I never imagined myself being on it though.”

Lucas revealed that the decision to cast “came about in a rather disturbing fashion”, which moved so fast that it became “a bit of a blur”.

He said: “Noel had a dream that I was the new judge, and then I actually became the new judge.”

After his unusual dream, Fielding suggested Lucas to the production team and said he would “be a good addition to the show”.

While he was flattered to have been put forward, the comedian revealed there was one thing that his future co-star didn’t mention in a cheeky swipe

Lucas said: “And instead of saying to the producers, ‘I dreamt Matt Lucas was the co-host’, he just said, ‘Matt Lucas would be a good co-host I think’ and then I got an audition.

“He failed to tell producers about the dream he had had. Can you believe that?” 

Lucas claimed to have received a call about an opening on Bake Off on Thursday and by the next day was chatting with “producers and everyone”.

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He added: “Well the thing is, it’s all a bit of a blur because it happened so rapidly, you see.”

The star had to go for an audition and two days later he was “announced” as the new co-host – a short timeframe that took less than a week.

He said: “I got the call to say that they would love to have me on the show. It was mad!”

Lucas, who admitted to being a cake lover, spoke to Capital shortly before the show was delayed as a result of COVID-19. 

At the time he said: “I was so looking forward to getting my hands on all of those cakes, but it’s for the best and it won’t be long before it’s return hopefully.

“It gives all of our bakers more time to practise, and it means I’ll have an even bigger appetite for all of those cakes!”

The Great British Bake Off airs on tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.

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