“I don’t want to host a TV show,” Lucas said.
Matt Lucas serves up the justice behind his short-lived ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosting gig.
The comedian admitted it in the meantime “Deeney Speaks” podcast that he viewed the reality competition series as “epidemic work.” Lucas announced that he would be leaving the beloved Channel 4 show in December 2022 after three seasons of co-hosting with presenter Noel Fielding and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.
“I had never seen the show before, and I wasn’t a baker,” Lucas said. “They were just looking for a new host and it came when I had been living in Los Angeles for seven years, had just sold my house and was thinking about coming back and spending more time with my family and friends. “
The ‘Bridesmaids’ actor continued: ‘They said they were interested in me but I said I’d never seen it before so (Love Productions) asked me if I’d watch it and I watched a few episodes and I thought it was great, but he didn’t want to host a TV show, but he said, “Thank you, I’m very grateful.”
Lucas’ agent encouraged him to reconsider, and eventually Lucas “went along” and organized the gig.
“Then I said, ‘Oh, okay’ and it kind of happened – it was right around the time of the pandemic and it was the perfect pandemic job and I did it and it was fun and I had a lot of fun with Noel and Paul and Prue and the bakers were lovely and I learned a bit about baking,” Lucas said.
However, Lucas says his upcoming projects with “Little Britain” co-star David Walliams and the “Fantasy Football League” series are better uses of his time.
“You’ll probably make better use of what I have than ‘bake it,'” he said. “I just don’t have the time and if I’m not doing Bake Off I have time to write with David and record my music and ‘Fantasy Football League’.”
Lucas bought it earlier Instagram to say goodbye to the reality series.
“It’s been a delicious experience and I can’t imagine a more fun way to spend my summers, but it’s become clear to me that I can’t showcase Fantasy Football League and Bake Off in addition to all of my other projects. Lucas wrote. “After three series and 51 episodes, I’m happily passing the baguette on to someone else.”
He continued: “I would like to express my biggest thanks and gratitude to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4, Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and of course the wonderful bakers for having me in the marquee. I wish whoever takes over the best and can’t wait to tune in to the next series without knowing who won!”
“The Great British Bake Off” host and executive producer Richard McKerrow announced that Lucas will be replaced by a new co-host who will “take care of the bakers throughout their experience and be curious about what they bake and do it with charm, humor and kindness.” No casting has been shared as of press time.
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