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Sandi Toksvig 'had wanted to leave Bake Off for ages and spent all her time in her dressing room' – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk


Sandi Toksvig (pictured above) said she will be leaving Bake Off to focus on other projects

Great British Bake Offpresenter Sandi Toksvig had been ‘desperate to leave’ the show for a while before it was announced she had quit the Channel 4 show.

The claims come as the race is heating up as to who will replace the – year-old, with former contestant Nadiya Hussain is currently in the lead , with a 2-1 chance of scooping the presenting gig, with other TV personalities such as Jo Brand tailing her closely.

A source close to Sandi has now revealed that she had been unhappy for a while and often took to hiding in her dressing room.

This was said to have caused tension on the show, which she presented alongside Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Speaking to theSuna source said: ‘The atmosphere on set had been lively and upbeat, but as time went on Sandi seemed to be enjoying it less and less and just did not want to get involved.

‘She spent most of her time hiding out in what looked like a bijou shepherd’s hut she’d had set up, knitting on her own – and quite often grumbling about it all ‘.

Jo Brand (pictured left) is one of the main contenders for the role, as is Nadiya Hussain (right)

Rylan Clarke-Neal (pictured above) is also another celebrities who could be going to Bake Off

They added that as time went on, everyone began to feel uncomfortable and that it became clear that she ‘wanted out as soon as possible’ .

The latest odds from bookmakers Coral state that Nadiya Hussain is in the lead at 2-1, while Susan Calman is tailing her at 3-1.

Other contenders include Davina McCall at 4-1, Rachael Riley at 6- 1, Jo Brand at 6-1 and Clare Balding at 12 – 1.

When it comes to the male contenders, Noel Edmonds comes in at 8-1 and Rylan Clarke-Neal is at 12 – 1.

Davina McCall (left) has odds of 4-1, while Susan Calman ( right) has odds of 3-1

Noel Edmonds (pictured above) could replace Sandi and currently has odds of 8-1

Sources also claimed that they were surprised that she hadn’t quit the show earlier, as she had repeatedly complained about conditions on set, as well as the level of comfort provided between shoots.

On announcing her exit from the show, Sandi claimed she had been leaving to spend more time on other work.

‘When stepping down from a job, it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.

‘Unusually, I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show.

Rachel Riley (left) could swap numbers for mixing bowls and Clare Balding (right) is also in with a chance

‘Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

‘Bake Off is a wonderful program which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.

‘The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well. ‘

Toksvig has fronted the program alongside Fielding and judges Hollywood and Leith since (after it moved to Channel 4 fromBBCOne.

Toksvig, Fielding and Leith joined the show when previous presenters Sue. Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and judge Mary Berry, quit following the channel move.

Hollywood is the only original star of Bake Off, which started on BBC Two in 2017.

FieldingTweettoday: ‘I feel like Tom without Jerry! Mick without a Keef 🙁 gonna miss yooooooooooooooooo and the wonderful times we got to play together in the tent!

‘Double acts are rare and magical beast and working with you was a pleasure xxx all my love Mr Noel x ‘

Leith tweeted:’ I have absolutely loved working with Sandi, she’s been a brilliant host and enormous fun and I am in awe of how hard she works juggling so many different projects.

‘We shall be lifelong friends way beyond the tent. #GBBO #sanditoksvig.’

Hollywood also paid tribute to Toksvig. He said: ‘It’s been great fun working with Sandi. We will miss her but I hope that she will get time to visit us in the tent when we film later this year. She will always be part of the Bake Off family.’

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