Twitter was in uproar after the new co-presenter of the Great British Bake Off, Noel Fielding, admitted that he doesn't eat cake in order to stay for presenting roles. However, the 44-year-old has since clarified that he was joking and that he "love[s] cake". In the original interview, the Mighty Boosh star is quoted as saying: "I get more work when I'm thinner, so I can't put on weight. No one likes a tubby gut is what I'm saying."
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Noel clarified his comments about eating cake
Fans of the popular baking show were quick to react to Noel's comments at the time, with one writing: "#GBBO presenter doesn't eat cake??!! It's like #TopGear having a presenter who doesn't drive. #youcouldntmakeitup," while another added: "With this and Noel Fielding saying he avoids sugar, the promo for GBBO hasn't got off to a great start."
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Noel then responded to the controversy, tweeting: "What I actually said (as a joke) in the Sunday Times was "nobody likes a tubby Goth" I was taking the [mick] out of myself. I love cake." He then shared a gif of a Goth eating cake, writing: "Me on bake off!" The show, which will air on Channel 4 for the first time this year, released its first trailer to a mixed reception in early August.
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In the short teaser, a variety of baking ingredients can be seen singing along to Paul McCartney's We All Stand Together as they are turned into desserts. Discussing the trailer, one person wrote: "It's fine, I didn't need to sleep again anyway. Never thought I'd die by being haunted by singing biscuits," while another added: "#GBBO on C4 is going to be like getting a new Dr Who isn't it? After episode one everybody is 'Urgh!', by ep three forget it was ever any different."