Stacey Solomon replaced on Bake Off: The Professionals after one series
Stacey Solomon has been replaced as host of Bake Off: The Professionals after just one series.
The Loose Women star presented the Channel 4 show with Great British Bake Off's Liam Charles, who competed in the eighth series of the programme.
The Great British Bake Off's official Twitter account confirmed the spin-off show's new co-presenter will be comedian Ellie Taylor, who appeared on the celebrity edition of Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer.
They shared a snap of the Strictly Come Dancing star, 39, posing with a cake alongside Charles, 25, who will return for hosting duties, and judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden.
They captioned the post: “Pastry chefs beware – judges Benoit Blin & Cherish Finden are also back for pud!
From Ted Lasso to tiramisu - we’re delighted to welcome @EllieJaneTaylor as our new co-host on Bake Off: The Professionals alongside @LiamcBakes
Pastry chefs beware - judges @BenoitBlin_MCA & @Cherish_Finden are also back for pud!
The new series arrives on @Channel4 this summer pic.twitter.com/nMuNIhKupP
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) May 12, 2023
“The new series arrives on Channel 4 this summer."
The tweet did not addresss Solomon’s departure, which led to fans questioning why the 33-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Belle in February, was no longer on board.
One wrote: “Ellie is fabulous, she will be great with Liam. Has Stacey left or did she take maternity leave, I wonder?”
In April, Solomon, who is married to actor turned presenter, Joe Swash with whom she shares six children, headed to Paris with Belle and her other daughter, Rose, for a secret work project.
She told her followers: “I’ve got my first job back next week so I just really want to get into good habits so it’s easier.
“I’ve got my first day back next week, and it’s like the craziest job ever. I’m going to Paris. What the hell!”