The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) has been a fan favorite since its premiere in 2010 with a loyal audience eagerly anticipating each season. However, this year’s highly anticipated announcement of the new judge has added another layer of excitement for fans. Everyone is talking about the show’s newest addition, with even the GBBO cast expressing their enthusiasm. In this article, we’ll dive into the buzz surrounding the newest judge and why they have everyone so eager to tune in.
GBBO welcomes new judge
The Great British Bake Off, one of the most-watched cooking shows in the UK, has welcomed a new face to their judging panel – Matt Lucas. The comedian and actor replaces Sandi Toksvig as the co-host alongside Noel Fielding, and fans and the cast of the show are excited about the new addition.
Matt Lucas’ Background
Before joining GBBO, Lucas was best known for his roles in comedy shows such as Little Britain, Bridesmaids, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Doctor Who. He is also an established actor, writer, and singer. In a statement, Lucas said he was “chuffed to bits” to be joining the show and could not wait to meet the new batch of bakers.
Everyone, including the cast, is excited
Since the news of Lucas joining GBBO broke, fans and cast members alike have taken to social media to express their excitement. The show’s presenter, Noel Fielding, tweeted a picture of Lucas and himself in front of the iconic tent, captioning it “Weyyyy! Welcome Matt.” The show’s official Twitter account also tweeted a welcome message that garnered over 40k likes and 5k retweets.
Numerous former contestants have also tweeted their excitement about the new judge. The 2019 contestant, Michelle Evans-Fecci, tweeted, “Excellent news, love Matt Lucas.” 2017 contestant Sophie Faldo tweeted, “Great news,” while Tom Gilliford, a contestant in GBBO’s seventh season, tweeted, “This will be fantastic!”
Fans of the show have also shared their excitement about the new judge, and some have shared their hopes for what Lucas will bring to the table. Some hope he will add his own comedic flair to the show, while others think his musical background will transform the show’s challenges. One fan compared the selection of Lucas to injecting “a healthy dose of humor” into GBBO.
Diversity in the baking show industry
Despite the excitement surrounding Lucas’ arrival, his addition to GBBO is an important step towards increasing diversity in the baking show industry. The show has previously been criticized for its lack of diversity in its cast and behind-the-scenes team. The appointment of Lucas, who identifies as LGBTQ+, is a significant move towards inclusivity in the baking show industry. Fans have praised the producers for choosing Lucas and for taking a progressive step towards celebrating diversity.
Importantly, this is not the first time the production team at GBBO has taken steps towards inclusivity. In 2019, the show had its first vegan week, and in 2018, it celebrated its first-ever Danish week. The show’s attempts to showcase different cultures and dietary choices have impressed viewers, and Lucas’ addition has only solidified that.
The arrival of Matt Lucas as the new judge for The Great British Bake Off is a huge change for the show, and it is clear that everyone is excited about the fresh start. From his comedic flair to his musical talent, there is no doubt that Lucas is a welcomed addition to the GBBO family. His arrival also marks an important step towards increased diversity in the baking show industry, and fans hope that this inclusion will only continue in the future.