Three of its hosts — the celebrity chef Mary Berry and the comedians Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc — quickly quit in a messy public airing of grievances over the financially motivated change. They have been replaced.
So what comes next for the show and its beloved ex-hosts? And will Americans be able to watch any of it?
The New ‘Great British Bake Off’
Paul Hollywood, the one host who did not quit, will be part of what amounts to a reboot with three new co-hosts: the chef and writer Prue Leith and the comedians Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. The season premiere is “coming soon,” the show said on Twitter.
It also tweeted an apparent nod to the turmoil that has shadowed “The Great British Bake Off” since last year: a video in which anthropomorphized baked goods sing “we all stand together,” even as they are thrust into an oven. Love Productions did not respond to an email seeking comment.
So, who are the newcomers?
Ms. Leith is a chef and television personality who founded cooking schools in both Britain and her native South Africa. An advocate for healthy eating, she told The Sunday Times that her catchphrase for dismissing unappetizing baked goods would be: “It’s not worth the calories.”
Ms. Toksvig is a veteran TV presenter best known in Britain as the witty, bantering host of the quiz show “QI.” She is also a political activist: In 2015, she helped found the Women’s Equality Party, which has contested elections in London, Wales and Scotland.
Mr. Fielding is a comedian best known as part of the comedy troupe, and surreal BBC sitcom, “The Mighty Boosh,” which gained a following in the United States as part of the Adult Swim lineup on Cartoon Network.
His brand of humor may be an odd fit for “Bake Off.” Last week, he faced a backlash in Britain after he told an interviewer he…