Noel Fielding Is Going To Host ‘British Bake Off’ And British People Are Incredibly Confused
Mostly because they have absolutely no idea who he is.
Imagining Noel Fielding judging cakes on The Great British Bake Off feels like a drug hallucination, but that is the magnificent reality we are facing right now.
The comedian and actor has just been announced as a new co-host of everyone’s favourite soothing reality show which, if you haven’t watched Bake Off, is a delightful haze of polite English people trying to make profiteroles in the countryside. He will be joined by former QI host, Sandi Toksvig, who seems like a nice lady and a much more conventional choice.
Fielding seems like a strange choice for the gig, but an excitingly strange choice. The Mighty Boosh creator hasn’t been on TV in a regular capacity since 2015, when he finished a nine year panel spot on the famously mean and wonderful, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and was a regular on The I.T Crowd before that.
When the news was announced this morning, Fielding remarked: “I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me. It’s basically the double.”
He will be so weird on Bake Off and I am here for it.
nobody wins the first new episode of GBBO because Noel Fielding is too busy making a summer house for squirrels out of wooden spoons
— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) March 16, 2017
I can picture Noel Fielding as the new #GBBO presenter, prancing around in a sparkly cape sprinkling chilli powder in everyone's cake mix
— Sam (@shiner_sam) March 16, 2017
— Josh Barrie (@joshbythesea) March 16, 2017
— Sarah Rees (@SarahRees95) March 16, 2017
Noel Fielding: Comin' at ya, like a spatula, call me Spatula Dracula cos imma splat ya
63-year-old contestant: it's a Victoria spo-#GBBO
— Rich Cooper (@richcooper) March 16, 2017
Noel Fielding is a Clear and Present Danger to Bake Off pic.twitter.com/FJfuxWMTYc
— Mollie Goodfellow (@hansmollman) March 16, 2017
Perhaps the strangest reaction to the Bake Off announcement — more than, ‘why the hell is Noel Fielding hosting a show about beautiful cakes’ — is that many corners of the internet (even British corners!) seem to have absolutely no idea who Noel Fielding is.
Twitter was similarly flabbergasted! And in some cases, bloody outraged.
Who or what is Noel Fielding? #gbbo
— Hannah Whibley (@giraffehk) March 16, 2017
who the hell is Noel Fielding? 😣 #GBBO
— Mark Ritchie (@markjaritchie) March 16, 2017
I`m sure that`s very nice. (BUT-Tess whispers. Who is Noel Fielding?) https://t.co/pudKhAOxVa
— Tessa Bennett (@littlemore20) March 16, 2017
— Jamie Hough (@jmehough) March 16, 2017
Hopefully Fielding does well because if he doesn’t, he’ll have national incident on his hands.
— Chris (@CJB__86) March 16, 2017