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Bake Off bosses ban senior contestants from this year’s series amid coronavirus fears

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PENSIONERS are banned from The Great British Bake Off due to the coronavirus crisis.

The hit Channel 4 show had always welcomed wrinklies in their late sixties and seventies.

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Great British Bake Off bosses have banned pensioners from participating in the new series due to coronavirus crisis[/caption]

But younger, less-vulnerable contestants are now lined-up for the new series.

TV insiders say execs are terrified of the possibility that a contestant may fall ill during filming.

That would force production to shut down and potentially could cost producers millions of pounds.

A source said: “There’s a real sense of urgency to get the next series of Bake Off in the can, considering it’s one of Channel 4’s biggest draws.

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Matt Lucas will be replacing Sandi Toksvig as host alongside Noel Fielding[/caption]

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Older participants, pictured Diane Beard, are some of the show’s most iconic contestants[/caption]

“That means the nation’s baking grans and grandads have been deemed too high risk. Bake Off’s wizened contestants are often the heart of the show.

“Val, who would ‘listen’ to cakes to work out if they were done, and rapping septuagenarian Flo became favourites.

“WI member Diane Beard was responsible for the show’s most iconic moment: Baked Alaska-gate. It’s a shame characters are rejected on account of age.”


Cast and crew on Bake Off will have to quarantine together after judge Prue Leith, who is 80, was refused insurance.

Channel 4 is keen for filming to go ahead so the show gets its traditional late August slot.

The new edition of Bake Off will have Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas, 46, making his debut as host alongside Noel Fielding, 47, with judges regular Prue and Paul Hollywood.

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