Last week, it was the trailer, this week it’s the host. The upcoming season of "The Great British Bake Off" is proving to be no stranger to the headlines.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Noel Fielding, British comedian and future host of the show's new season, announced he would be abstaining from any sugar consumption during filming: "I get more work when I'm thinner. So I can't put on weight. No one likes a tubby gut is what I'm saying."
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."
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— noel fielding (@noelfielding11) August 6, 2017
So it seems the host will be eating cake, after all. We can all relax.
The show is slated to premiere on its new network this fall. But I doubt this is the last we will be hearing about it before then.