Noel Fielding addresses Bake Off format change as it ‘freaked out’ viewers

Noel Fielding says Bake Off has ‘gone back to basics’

The Great British Bake Off’s host Noel Fielding has revealed that the beloved reality baking show has “gone back to basics” for the latest series.

The comedian and host appeared on The One Show alongside This Morning star Alison Hammond, who is Noel’s new Bake Off co-host following the departure of Matt Lucas last year.

Addressing the backlash the show received over its format change, Noel shared: “We have gone back to basics a little bit, I think it got a bit complicated last year and people freaked out, so this year we’ve gone back to some classics.”

While Alison joked that there was “nothing basic” about The Mighty Boosh star, to which he replied, “You know, I had nothing to do with those decisions. I just get in Paul’s (Hollywood) car.”

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The previous series saw the amateur bakers face a three-piece picnic challenge in the finale to determine the eventual winner.

Each of the final three contestants were tasked with baking their own bread, making an edible sculpture inspired by the theme of Our Beautiful Planet, and creating shortcrust pastry vertical tarts in just two hours.

Bake Off’s showrunner and executive producer Richard McKerrow even admitted that “the last series was not our strongest,” following last year’s finale.

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Speaking on Rethink Audio’s The Media Podcast with Matt Deegan, he explained: “Heading into season 14 you have to take a look at it and think: “S***, [are] the challenges too complicated?”

He continued: “We are looking very hard at making sure [this next series] is as good as it can be.”

Noel originally joined the hit show as a co-host back in 2017 when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4.

During this time, he was joined by Sandi Toksvig, Matt Lucas, and now Alison Hammond.

Series 14 started back last week as 12 new bakers entered the famous tent. Sadly deli and grocery manager Amos was the first to be eliminated after failing to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with his final cake bake.

Viewers will need to tune in to see which challenges the bakers are tasked with next, with the upcoming episode set to focus on all things biscuits.

The Great British Bake Off airs every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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