Matt Lucas unveils message he sent to Bake Off replacement Alison Hammond

Matt Lucas praises ‘fantastic’ Alison Hammond on GBBO

Matt Lucas has shared the messages he exchanged with Alison Hammond after she made her first appearance on Great British Bake Off earlier this week.

Alison, who hosts This Morning, has replaced Matt Lucas as one of the Channel 4 show’s hosts following his three-year stint on the programme.

Appearing on the latest episode of Lorraine to discuss his latest children’s book, Matt said he and Alison have text messaged each other this week about her debut on the cooking show.

He told host Lorraine Kelly: “I thought Alison was brilliant the other night, she is so natural and warm and funny and we have been messaging each other.”

Lorraine replied: “She is very funny and we are very proud of her. She just brings – like you – the kind of joy to it.”

Matt interjected before Lorraine ended their chat: “She’s fantastic.”

Noel Fielding is still presenting the show, recently revealing he immediately clicked with Alison when she replaced his former Great British Bake Off co-host Matt.

Speaking to Radio Times, he said: “Sandi [Toksvig] and I were a very definite double act – she was high-status and I was low-status.

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“With Matt it was a bit weird, because we’re mates and are probably the same low-status person from our respective double acts, where he has [David] Walliams and I have Julian [Barrett].

“It was more difficult to find how we worked together, but we managed to find a way.”

The presenter added: “Alison’s hilarious, but she’s not a comedian trying to make jokes, which made it a bit easier. We weren’t trying to work out how to do it, we just did it.

“We came together like jazz musicians. It was effortless and we laughed a lot.”

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The opening instalment kicked off with cake week and saw 42-year-old civil engineering resource planner Dan, from Cheshire, awarded the star baker title.

Unfortunately, grocery manager Amos was the first star to be sent packing after failing to impress the judges with is showstopper.

Bake Off launched with a 5 million peak audience and an average audience of 4.3 million this week.

Great British Bake Off continues next Tuesday on Channel 4.

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