Former 'Bake Off' Host Sue Perkins to Present BAFTA TV Awards

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Sue Perkins

Perkins left the BBC's hit baking show last year after rival broadcaster Channel 4 bought the rights, an incident known as "Bakexit."

Sue Perkins may have ditched the apron and left the U.K.'s most popular TV show, but the former host of The Great British Bake Off has been handed the top gig for the annual celebration of all things small screen, the Virgin BAFTA TV Awards.  

Perkins, a regular face on U.K. TV, will present the awards on May 14 at London's Festival Hall, where shows such as The Crown, The Night Manager and Planet Earth II are expected to feature prominently. 

"I am thrilled to be hosting the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards this year," said Perkins. "Not only is it one of the highlights of the television calendar, it’s also a superbly fun night and an opportunity to celebrate the incredible British talent we have behind our very best TV programs."

Perkins hosted The Great British Bake Off for five seasons alongside longtime collaborator Mel Giedroyc, but said she wouldn't be returning when rival broadcaster Channel 4 infamously snatched the rights in 2016, a controversial deal swiftly labeled #Bakexit in the U.K. press. 

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