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'Great British Bake Off': Alan Carr Addresses Presenting Rumours

'I know I look like I eat a lot of cakes... it don’t mean I want to be in that tent.'

03/10/2016 18:42

Alan Carr has spoken out about rumours he’s taking on the job of ‘Great British Bake Off’ presenter, when the show jumps ship to Channel 4 next year.

The recently-engaged stand-up comedian and TV presenter is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Channel 4’s crown, hosting the short-lived music show ‘The Singer Takes It All’, in addition to his ongoing talk show ‘Chatty Man’ and semi-regular ‘Specstacular’ shows.

However, when it was suggested he could be set to take over from Mel and Sue, he was quick to downplay rumours, for the simple reason he’s not even much of a fan of the show.

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During a live interview with Heat about the possible gig, he said: “Can I just say, I haven’t been linked to it, because everyone keeps asking me. I don’t love the show as much as everyone else - don’t send me death threats! So I feel I’d be taking a job away from someone [who liked the show].”

He then joked: “I know I look like I eat a lot of cakes but it don’t mean I want to be in that tent.”

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The 'Bake Off' team as we know it now

This comes as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders have also downplayed rumours they’re up for the presenting job, as have TV presenters Davina McCall and Clare Balding, with the former insisting it wouldn’t sit well with her sugar-free lifestyle.

But with all these stars insisting they won’t be hosting ‘Bake Off’, we’re starting to wonder if there’s anyone left who actually wants to front Channel 4’s upcoming reboot.

We’ve rounded up a couple of our favourite contenders below...

  • Jo Brand
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    The obvious choice - Jo fits in well with the 'Bake Off' brand (IF YOU'LL PARDON THE PUN) having hosted spin-off show extra slice for the past three years.

    She was also named the bookies' favourite, more or less as soon as Mel and Sue announced they were stepping down.
  • Davina McCall
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    Channel 4 and Davina go way back, with 'Big Brother', 'The Million Pound Drop' and 'The Jump' all among the projects she's worked with on C4 in the past.

    On Twitter, hers is the name we keep seeing crop up time and time again, either from people crying out for her to get the job, or pleading with Channel 4 not to give it to her.
  • Alan Carr
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    Another of Channel 4's go-tos, Alan at the helm of 'Bake Off' would be a complete change in direction for the show, with his energy and buoyant enthusiasm contrasting heavily with Mel and Sue's more subdued and laidback approach to presenting.
  • Nadiya Hussain and Tamal Ray
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    Reigning champ Nadiya has already forged a successful career as a TV personality for herself, and it didn't even take her a year after she won, so putting her in charge might seem like a natural progression.

    In our opinion, it would be a bit too obvious, though, but we'd definitely be in favour of her forming a new double act with runner-up Tamal, with whom she got along like a house on fire in their days on 'GBBO'.
  • John Whaite
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    That said, John Whaite has always held a special place in 'Bake Off' fans' hearts since his victory in the third season.

    Like Nadiya, he too has managed to bag himself a career in TV, so we wouldn't be surprised if the offer fell at his feet either.
  • Olly Murs and Caroline Flack
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    'Ready... set... BAKE... no wait... erm... not yet, don't bake yet. OH WAIT. No, do bake. So yeah... bake. Sorry about that.'
  • Julian Clary
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    He might seem like a bit of a left-of-field choice for the gig, but when you think about it, he's a perfect fit for 'Bake Off'.

    Julian is the undisputed king of innuendo, and his soft-spoken style lends itself perfectly to the 'Bake Off' tent.

    He's also become a dab hand at light entertainment since his 'CBB' days, appearing on the panel of 'Your Face Sounds Familiar', as well as fronting 'Nature Nuts' and appearing on 'Give A Dog A Home'.
  • Geri Horner
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    Anyone who's been keeping an eye on Geri's Instagram page will know she's become a baking devotee since her winning stint on celebrity 'Bake Off', and this video of her interviewing Avril Lavigne proves she's certainly got a unique interviewing style.

    Hmmm.... maybe not.
  • Emma Willis
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    Another star whose name has repeatedly been cropping up.

    Emma must be so stressed out interviewing the stars of 'Celebrity Big Brother' twice a year that we'd be quite happy for her to land a presenting gig that's a bit more... calming.
  • Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby
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    OH BUT DON'T YOU SEE? They aren't doing it. And they felt the need to tell us this in one the least funny celebrity 'pranks' in recent memory, at the height of 'Bake Off' mania.

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