Sandi Toksvig has quit The Great British Bake Off, which she has hosted with Noel Fielding for the past three years. The 61-year-old explained her reasons behind the shock move in a statement shared with her 220,000 followers on Twitter this morning.
The presenter said she wanted “more time” to spend on her other work commitments, which is why she was saying goodbye.
The star commented in a statement: “When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.
“Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work.”
Sandi continued: “As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show. Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life.
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“These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television. Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.”
She then signed off: “The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well.”
Her upload was quickly liked more than 1,000 times in mere minutes and she was inundated with replies.
One user told her: “A loss for the show but you’re a gift to every platform you’re on, so we look forward to seeing you elsewhere in the future x.”
The latest instalment marked one of the last times Sandi would be seen in the famous tent, when she crowned Saoirse-Monica Jackson the winner.
But she will be back for The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer starting in the spring.
Her future projects include hosting the Channel 4 series The Write Offs, which looks at adult literacy.
Richard McKerrow, executive producer for Love Productions, has said: “We’ll always be incredibly grateful to Sandi for becoming one of the hosts of Bake Off when we moved to Channel 4, along with Noel, Paul and Prue.
“She has contributed hugely to Bake Off over the last three years, with her sharp witty sense of humour and her passionate commitment to the dozens of bakers during her time in the tent.
“We wish her all the very best on the exciting projects she is currently working on and beyond.”
Ian Katz, director of programmes at Channel 4, added: “Sandi is a huge part of why Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 has been such a success and we are immensely grateful for her contribution to the show.
“We will miss her warmth and wit, not to mention her endless willingness to be the butt of jokes about being the least tall person in the Bake Off tent.”