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Great British Bake Off's Selasi and Jane react to new line-up

by Gemma Strong

Last year's Great British Bake Off stars Selasi Gbormittah and Jane Beedle have shared their thoughts on the programme's new line-up. On Thursday it was confirmed that TV chef Prue Leith would join Paul Hollywood as the new judge on the show, replacing Mary Berry, with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding taking over from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as GBBO hosts. Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Friday morning, Selasi and Jane revealed their initial reactions to the news.

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Selasi Gbormittah and Jane Beedle appeared on Good Morning Britain on Friday

"I'm really, really excited about it," Jane said. "Prue's brilliant. I'm old enough to have known of Prue for years and years and years. She has all the gravitas that's needed to take over from somebody like Mary. If you think Bake Off, Bake Off is Mary Berry really, and the nation's sweetheart and it needed somebody very, very special to come in and take over from her because her knowledge is so great, her kindness and warmth is fantastic in the tent as well, really good balance for Paul, you know, good cop bad cop if you like, and I think Prue's got that as well. She has that real knowledge and by no means a soft touch but really kind and has warmth. I think she'll be great with the bakers in the tent."

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Paul Hollywood is the only original member of the GBBO team returning for the new series

Selasi was then asked what he thought about Sandi and Noel as hosts. "It's not surprising news to be fair because they are both really good presenters in their field and you've got Noel Fielding who is very funny which is what we need in the tent, or the new bakers need in the tent," he replied. On whether Noel has enough presenting experience to host the show, he added: "Well that's his new challenge now so we just have to wait and see, again we can't knock it till we try it so we just have to wait and see what they've both got to offer. And you've got Sandi who is of course Danish, so she will be good with her pastries. She has got that behind her and Noel of course we just have to wait and see but I think they will ace it."