Jo Brand to return as host of GBBO spin-off programme

Jo Brand will bring Extra Slice spin-off back when new GBBO hits screens

Paul Hollywood's new show takes viewers on his baking journey - and promises a fresh batch of treats

Channel 4 today confirmed that comedian Jo Brand will return to host The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, the spin-off programme to The Great British Bake Off.

Brand will welcome a fresh host of celebrity guests to discuss the show's latest episodes, and each contestant will leave the tent as the competition progresses.

The next Bake Off series will be a landmark for the much-loved show as it returns with a new line-up of hosts.

"I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings", she added.

But the extra 15 minutes means ad breaks can be inserted without affecting the usual Bake Off format.

A source told The Sun: "The BBC have been gunning to find a replacement for Bake Off ever since it was nabbed by Channel 4".

It was originally thought that the show may not air on its new home of Channel 4 until 2018 as the BBC had a clause in their contract with Love Productions that would be able to block a new series from filming for a set amount of time if it left the Beeb; Channel 4 have yet to confirm a start date for the new series.

Paul is the only member of the much-loved show's original line-up to stick with the channel move - after Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc chose to step down.

The moment none of us could have anticipated would be one of the top entertainment stories of 2014, Iain Watters made headlines when his ruined Baked Alaska wound up in the bin, which he then frustratedly presented to the judges as his finished product.

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