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TV star Sandi Tokvsig has revealed the real reason for her departure from Channel 4. The great British baking duel.

The QI The presenter joined the hit baking competition in 2017 after it switched channels after previously being broadcast by the BBC, and hosted the show for three seasons alongside comedian Noel Fielding.

She left the show in 2019 when she was replaced by comedian Matt Lucas. At the time, Toksvig said she was leaving “to spend more time on my other work.”

As my waist testifies, Bake is an all-consuming show,” she said in her statement.

“Spending time with Prue (Leith), Paul (Hollywood) and Noel has been one of the greatest joys of my life. These friendships, I know, will continue beyond the confines of television.”

But in a recent interview with Radio timesThe 65-year-old admitted that she was already fed up with the show before she left.

Paul, Sandi, Prue and Noel on The Great Christmas Bake Off (Channel 4)Paul, Sandi, Prue and Noel on The Great Christmas Bake Off (Channel 4)

Paul, Sandi, Prue and Noel on The Great Christmas Bake Off (Channel 4)

“To be honest, I left Bake because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore,” she said. “I was literally standing there watching the meringues dry and thinking, ‘Oh my God, my brain is atrophying.’

“After three years I thought to myself: ‘That’s enough, let’s do something else!'”

She added: “I’m so in love with the business that I think, ‘OK, this is a nice paycheck, but it’s not working for me. I’m going to move on and do something else.'”

In the same interview, she revealed that she no longer had contact with the Bake Team since she left and doesn’t watch the show.

“I don’t like cake,” she admitted. “But if someone The great British cheese competition, Count me in.”

Bake Judge Paul Hollywood, who has been on the show since its launch in 2010, previously admitted he was “surprised” and “really upset” after Toksvig announced her exit.

Toksvig’s replacement Lucas surprises Bake Fans in December 2022 when he announced his exit from the show after it “became clear” that he could no longer present the show alongside his other projects.

Matt Lucas has been replaced by Alison Hammond on The Great British Bake Off (PA)Matt Lucas has been replaced by Alison Hammond on The Great British Bake Off (PA)

Matt Lucas has been replaced by Alison Hammond on The Great British Bake Off (PA)

He was replaced by Good morning, Great Britain Star Alison Hammond, who has since joined fellow judges Hollywood and Prue Leith Fielding.

“It’s official!! It’s happening, The great British baking competition!” Hammond wrote on X/Twitter when she confirmed the news in March last year.

“Let’s have it – the cake that is… so exciting!”

Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Alison Hammond at The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Alison Hammond at The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)

Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Alison Hammond at The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)

She made them Bake Debut in the current series, which ended in November 2023 with a triumphant victory for the season’s underdog.