Alison’s new colleagues reacted to the announcement in a video she posted on social media.

Noel, who hosted the show after it moved to Channel 4 from BBC One in 2018, said: “Congratulations and welcome to the tent!! We will have an absolute blast together. I can’t wait. I’m buzzing. Two naughty kids together 🙂 xx xx

“The bakers will love you,” he added.

Judge Prue Leith wrote: “Huge congratulations Alison, you’re going to be amazing and I can’t wait to hear your infectious laugh ringing the marquee.”

Fellow judge Paul Hollywood said: “See you in the tent. Welcome xx [sic].”

Alison has also been inundated with congratulatory messages from other friends and celebrity fans.

Her This Morning co-star. Holly Willoughby said “This is the best news baby!!!! Congratulations and keep a piece!!!!”

Alexandra Burke added: “Forever proud of you!!!!!! Congratulations, dear xx.”

Alison said she was “thrilled” to be joining the team.

Bake Off was originally organized by Mel and Sue during its original BBC incarnation, with Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig taking over when the show moved to Channel 4.

Sandy stepped down as host in 2019 and Matt took over as Noel’s co-host in 2020.

The Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 in the autumn.

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