Saturday 25 January 2020

Great British Bake Off’s Noel Fielding is avoiding cake

Fielding said he’d lost weight to play singer Alice Cooper and described sugar as “a very powerful thing”.

Noel Fielding (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Noel Fielding (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

While Great British Bake Off viewers salivate over the sight of cake, host Noel Fielding will be resisting temptation.

Fielding, 44, who is hosting the Channel 4 show alongside Sandi Toksvig, 59, appears to be watching his figure.

“Sugar is a very powerful thing, I get more work when I’m thinner, so I can’t put on weight,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine.

The judges and presenters of The Great British Bake Off (Love Productions/Channel 4/Mark/Press Association images)

“No one likes a tubby gut is what I’m saying.”

The comedian said he likes cake and has “a very sweet tooth”, but added: “I don’t eat anything, I’m like a plant.”

He stopped eating sugar to lose a stone to play singer Alice Cooper on-screen.

“You can’t just get straight back on to sugar, as it’s quite a powerful thing,” he added.

In contrast, former host Mel Giedroyc, who fronted the then BBC show with Sue Perkins, previously admitted putting on three quarters of a stone every year thanks to her time in the tent.

Mel Giedroyc launches the Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party fundraiser (Ian West/PA)

In The Sunday Times interview, Fielding said that his co-host, Toksvig, “had never seen Bake Off”.

When asked for her favourite episode of the show, she replied: “The one where they make cake? I don’t watch a lot of television; I’m more of a reader.”

Noel Fielding (Chris Radburn/PA)

Channel 4 paid a reported £75 million for three years of the hit show, which scored 15 million viewers on the BBC.

The trailer for the show recently dropped with singing cakes, but the judges and hosts nowhere to be seen.

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