What a year Alison Hammond is having! After being tapped up to co-host the BAFTAs in Feb., and continuing to light up our screens on ITV's "This Morning", on 17 March she was officially confirmed as the co-host of the "Great British Bake Off". The national treasure, known for her priceless celebrity interviews, is replacing Matt Lucas, who left the show in December 2022, and will take the helm for the upcoming series alongside Noel Fielding.
And on 30 August, GBBO fans were treated to a first-look at her stint on the show via a trailer released by Channel 4. The fun clip shows animated baking ingredients embarking on a journey to the iconic tent to be made into a delicious cake. At the end, Hammond and Fielding are tucking in alongside judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. In typically bright attire (well, all of them apart from Hollywood), the trailer brought a smile to our face as it is confirmed the show will be "coming soon" which translates to mid-September in our minds.
Hammond confirmed the delicious news she was the new host back in Spring on Instagram via a hilarious video of an epic cake (of course!). The sweet treat included model icing figures of her and Fielding with judges Leith and Hollywood, while Hammond stages a mock breaking news interview about her newest gig. "It's OFFICIAL!!! It's happening The Great British Bake off ! Let's have it ! The cake that is 😂," she wrote in the caption.
Friends and celebrities were quick to comment on the news, with Leith writing: "Huge congratulations Alison, you will be magnificent and I can't wait for your infectious laugh to be ringing through the tent." Claudia Winkleman, Joel Dommett, and Clara Amfo were just some of the other stars to offer their congratulations to the TV host.
Hammond not only has the star quality to join the show, but she has firsthand experience of what it's like to bake in the iconic tent. She appeared on the celebrity Stand Up to Cancer version in 2020 where she made a good biscuit, but her decorating skills left a sour taste in the judge's mouths. Lucas, who had co-hosted the Channel 4 show since 2020 but left due to clashing work commitments, said in a statement upon leaving: "I wish whoever takes over the very best and I can't wait to tune into the next series without already knowing who won!" Hammond's infectious personality is sure to make the show all that bit sweeter.