He also said, "I don’t eat anything, I’m like a plant. It’s not that I don’t like cake—I have a very sweet tooth. But I was playing [the American singer] Alice Cooper and I had to lose a stone, so I wasn’t eating sugar. You can’t just get straight back onto sugar, as it’s quite a powerful thing."
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A baking show host who doesn’t eat baked goods is confusing and fans of the show were understandably upset. This development is only the newest in a string of changes surrounding the premiere of the upcoming season. Along with the show moving from the BBC to Channel 4, the cast will undergo some reshuffling. Sandi Toksvig will join Fielding as co-host while the judges panel bids goodbye to Mary Berry and welcomes Prue Leith.
In response to the interview, and the corresponding outrage, Fielding took to Twitter to address his statements.
What I actually said (as a joke) in the Sunday Times was "nobody likes a tubby goth" I was taking the piss out of myself. I love cake x