Sandi Toksvig has announced she is leaving The Great British Bake Off to work on other projects.

Toksvig's final Bake Off will be the upcoming Stand Up to Cancer charity special.

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The 61-year-old, who co-hosted the show with Noel Fielding for three years, said: "When stepping down from a job, it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.

"Unusually I am departing from The Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show."

She paid tribute to co-presenter Fielding and the show's judges, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

"Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life," Toksvig continued. "These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

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"Bake Off is a wonderful programme 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."

Co-host Fielding said he feels like "Tom without Jerry".

Judge Leith described Toksvig as "enormous fun", with fellow judge Hollywood saying she "will always be part of the Bake Off family".

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, said: "Sandi is a huge part of why Bake Off's move to Channel 4 has been such a success and we are immensely grateful for her contribution to the show.

"We will miss her warmth and wit, not to mention her endless willingness to be the butt of jokes about being the least tall person in the Bake Off tent. 

"Fortunately, her unique voice will continue to have an important presence on the channel with new shows in development - none of which involve [sic] cake."

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