The presenter, who fronted the prestigious ceremony for the first time, made light of the show’s move to Channel 4 in her opening monologue.
“How amazing were Vicky McClure and Morven Christie in ‘The Replacement’?” she asked. “A show about how stressful it can be when someone takes over your job.
“I mean, I really couldn’t relate to it.”
Drawing a roar of laughter from the audience, she continued: “Genuinely, hand on heart, best of luck to the new ‘Bake Off’ team. They are going to need it - they’re about to discover what Mel and I left them in the groundsheet.”
Coming out of a VT, she later joked: “Best crack on before someone sells the format to Channel 4.”
Mel’s comments came just moments after she reunited with former ‘GBBO’ judge Mary Berry for a special sketch played at the top of the show.
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