Why Did Sandi Leave ‘GBBO’? To Pursue Other Projects, She Shares

Sandi has been co-hosting the show since 2017, and is bowing out as of 2020. But the 61-year-old says there’s no bad blood. Actually, a statement from the channel says she’s leaving to pursue other projects, as The Guardian reports.

One of her future projects is another Channel 4 series called The Write Offs “in which illiterate adults take part in a spelling bee.”

Sandi is a British-Danish writer, comedian, broadcaster, actor, and producer, and co-founder of the Women’s Equality party.

Of her experience on GBBO, Sandi couldn’t say nicer things — but admits that it was all-consuming and jokes that her waistline can testify to that. As for her co-host, Noel, and judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, it’s all love from Sandi. 

“Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work,” she says in her official Channel 4 departure statement on Jan. 16, 2020. 

“Spending time with Prue, Paul, and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life … these are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.” 

Of GBBO, she calls it a “wonderful program which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel. The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well.”

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