Russell Brand jokes he wants Strictly Come Dancing judge gig

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 March 2017
Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand has joked that he wants to go up for Len Goodman's job as a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing' after Noel Fielding announced his 'Great British Bake Off' gig

Russell Brand has joked that he'd like to replace Len Goodman on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 41-year-old comic has responded to the news that his pal Noel Fielding is to take over from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as host of 'The Great British Bake Off' with Sandi Toksvig and he thinks it's so ludicrous he's suggested he should join the BBC One ballroom and Latin show as a judge.

Taking to Twitter after hearing that the 'Mighty Boosh' star is taking on the presenting gig, he wrote: "Right. If @noelfielding11 can do Bake Off I'm replacing Len on Strictly. (sic)"

Noel, 43, hailed his new role as a "dream come true", and he's looking forward to working alongside the 'Q.I.' host when the popular culinary contest moves to Channel 4.

He said in a statement: "'GBBO' is one of my favourite shows. I've always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It's basically the double."

Russell's comment comes after the show's 2016 finalist Jane Beedle said it doesn't matter if the hosts have no baking skills.

Appearing on ITV's 'Good Morning Britain' on Friday (17.03.17), she said: "I don't think it matters if they can bake or not I'm not sure whether Mel and Sue could bake. They could eat! They do like a slice a cake and as long as you eat and enjoy it I think [they'll] be absolutely fine."

Selasi Gbormittah - who also competed on the show when it was on the BBC - wasn't shocked by the choice of presenters and she thinks Noel, 43, will be a great addition because he'll provide much-needed humour in the intense baking tent.

She said: "It's not surprising news to be fair because they are both really good presenters in their field and you've got Noel Fielding who is very funny which is what we need in the tent, or the new bakers need in the tent."

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