Noel Fielding says GBBO with Matt Lucas was 'weird' and it's 'easier' with Alison Hammond

Noel Fielding previously hosted GBBO with Matt Lucas, but now he is part of an engaging duo with newbie Alison Hammond.

The comedian admitted it was “a bit easier” to be paired up with the This Morning host as she “does not make jokes” and allowed him to freshen up his presenting style.

Speaking to Radio Times, Noel said: “Sandi [Toksvig] and I were a very definite double act – she was high-status and I was low-status.

“With Matt it was a bit weird, because we’re mates and are probably the same low-status person from our respective double acts, where he has [David] Walliams and I have Julian [Barrett].

“It was more difficult to find how we worked together, but we managed to find a way,” he added.

Noel explained how he and Alison worked seamlessly together and also had a lot of fun between takes.

The Mighty Boost star continued: “Alison’s hilarious, but she’s not a comedian trying to make jokes, which made it a bit easier. We weren’t trying to work out how to do it, we just did it.

“We came together like jazz musicians. It was effortless and we laughed a lot.”

In addition to a new co-host, this year’s series of Bake Off will also feature a change to the format.

Episodes themed around different national dishes have been scrapped, following backlash in previous years to Japan Week in 2020, German Week in 2021 and Mexican Week in 2022.

During these weeks, some viewers accused the presenters, judges and contestants of playing into stereotypes.

Season 13 ended last November with a tense face-off between Syabira, Sandro and Abdul.

Syabira Yusoff, known for her experimental approach to flavours, took the crown, with judge Paul Hollywood saying: “She can be a bit of a risk taker with her flavours and it has worked. Some of the flavours we have never had in the tent before and [are] unlikely to have again, she is an incredible baker.”

Prue Leith added: “She is creative and she is careful, she practises like anything and she is imaginative, she just has the lot.

She is a very skilful baker.”

Prue has been teamed up with original judge Paul for five seasons, and both are set to return for season 14.

“Bake a date in your diaries,” read a tweet from the official Bake Off account. “Join Paul, Prue, Noel and Alison on Tuesday 26 September for the return of The Great British Bake Off.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.