IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade a frontrunner for Channel 4 Bake Off

Richard Ayoade, the star of hit comedy The IT Crowd, is apparently being lined up to replace Mel and Sue when Bake Off hits Channel 4.

The Sun reports that the actor, who is currently hosting the channel’s Travel Man series, is the “leading candidate”.

“Richard is a really popular choice at the minute, as many think he’s got a great character that would bring a great spark to the show,” a source told the paper.

“He’s got a wonderful off-beat sense of humour, which would really fit the change of channel – and would no doubt be a popular choice with viewers too.

“It’s still early days, but he is definitely up there and now the leading candidate,” the source added.

It comes after Nadiya Hussein, the former winner who was also touted as a frontrunner for the Channel 4 move, announced she would stay at the BBC.

“I’m delighted to announce that I will continue making films for The One Show as well as developing other exciting programme ideas. I never thought this would happen, but it is and I have to admit, I’m going to embrace it,” she said.

(Pic: AP via BBC)

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