Prue and Sandi have already been linked to the roles on a number of occasions, but it’s fair to say that Noel’s appointment is a total curveball.
Addressing his new job, the ‘Mighty Boosh’ comedian says: “’GBBO’ is one of my favourite shows.
“I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.”
Noel and Sandi will be filling Mel and Sue’s roles, and the ‘QI’ host adds: “It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business.
“The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do.
“I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings. I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show.”
And as you’d expect, Paul seems pretty pleased to be part of a judging duo again.
“I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show,” he says. “Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
As recently as earlier this week, Prue admitted she wasn’t sure if she had the job yet, stating: “I’ve not got the job yet. I hope to have it – I have no idea if I will.”
The news is bound to disappoint more than a few stars who fancied themselves for the show, and Michel Roux Jr is one of many who admitted he’d be a “fool” to say no to the job.