Sandi Toksvig departed Great British Bake Off after three years as host in 2019, and she’s now been very open about why.
Kim Cattrall famously stated, ‘I don’t want to be in a position where I’m not having fun,’ and Sandi appears to share this sentiment.
The 65-year-old comic became bored in the tent, and she saw it as a sign that it was time to move on to new endeavours.
‘To be honest, I left Bake Off because I stopped having fun,’ Sandi confessed.
Sandi didn’t mince words when it came to discussing technical issues, much like Paul Hollywood.
She added to Radio Times: ‘I was literally standing there watching meringues dry and thinking, “Oh my God, my brain is atrophying.”’
Sandi, who had tried to persuade Suranne Jones to participate in the series, hasn’t seen the Channel 4 show since her departure, which she blames on her dislike of cake.
However, she added: ‘If somebody makes The Great British Cheese Off, I’m in.’ This sounds like something Channel 5 in particular would be all over.
Alison Hammond (who succeeded Sandi’s replacement Matt Lucas) and Noel Fielding now host the show, while Paul and Dame Prue Leith continue to judge everyone’s bakes.
The 14th season of the show concluded last year, with Matty Edgell capturing the prize, despite Sandi’s lack of attention due to her obsession with camemberts.
During the conversation, the QI presenter expressed regret that more shows do not have female hosts.
‘I would still like to see more women in charge of shows. …And let’s not even start on chat show hosts. Where are the female chat show hosts?’ she asked.
Laura Claxton, a comedy writer, has highlighted the paucity of female hosts in the schedule on X, previously Twitter.
Commenting on ITV’s Saturday line-up she wrote: ‘Tonight ITV have got 2 men hosting a quiz, followed by 2 men going on holiday, followed by 2 men going on holiday to eat some food, followed by a documentary about a woman being murdered.’
She asked broadcasters to ‘let women be silly’ and added: ‘Don’t let broadcasters continue to focus women’s representation on TV around trauma.’