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Great British Bake Off odds – Clare Balding favourite to be next presenter

Alex Brooker and Clare Balding in the studio during a dress rehearsal for television show The Last Leg at the International Broadcast Centre during the Paralympics Games 2016 in Rio.

Clare Balding, Jo Brand and James Martin being backed to be next GBBO anchor

The Great British Bake Off has been in the news recently, with Channel 4 taking it away from the BBC much to the consternation of several viewers who aren’t too keen for the tried and popular format to be tampered with.

In 2017, GBBO will be advert-filled thanks to Channel 4’s intervention and there will also be new presenters as Mel and Sue have decided they no longer want to continue in their role.

Mary Berry has also decided she’s going to quit and Channel 4 will now be looking to recruit a famous face or two to continue making the show the success that it has been to date.

Clare Balding is an 8/1 shot with Paddy Power to become the new presenter although she arguably lacks the humour and warmth that would help the GBBO continue to be popular.

Similarly, while Jo Brand has “humour” in her locker, she potentially lacks the sincerity that Mel and Sue brought to the role.

James Martin looks an interesting candidate at 14/1 considering that he has a wealth of presenting experience from Saturday Kitchen before recently stepping down in that capacity.

Victoria Coren Mitchell is another who could be interesting, with the Only Connect presenter having acerbic wit although whether she’s capable of being touchy-feely enough with the bakers is open to question.

Mary Berry has made a statement on the whole affair, with the veteran baker and presenter making it clear she will remain loyal to the BBC:

“What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.

“My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.

“I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.

“Farewell to soggy bottoms.”

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