Noel Fielding 'scores £150,000 pay rise to continue hosting The Great British ...

Noel Fielding has reportedly scored a £150,000 pay rise to continue hosting The Great British Bake Off, after his co-host Sandi Toksvig's shock departure. 

According to The Sun, the presenter, 46, has now become one of Channel 4's highest paid television stars with the news of the the reported salary rise. 

This comes one month after the star's co-host Sandi, 61, announced she was quitting the hit show after three years to focus on other work projects.  

Rise: Noel Fielding has reportedly scored a £150,000 pay rise to continue hosting The Great British Bake Off, after his co-host Sandi Toksvig's shock departure

Rise: Noel Fielding has reportedly scored a £150,000 pay rise to continue hosting The Great British Bake Off, after his co-host Sandi Toksvig's shock departure

A source told the website: 'Noel is incredibly popular with both viewers, and the cast and crew of Bake Off — he's a real commodity to Channel 4.

'With Sandi leaving, it's important they keep up with continuity to ensure people continue. Noel secured a healthy salary rise off the back of the success of the first two series.

'Contrary to his fun, laid-back ­persona, Noel is one of TV's hardest working broadcasters — and now one of its wealthiest.' 

Noel's earnings have skyrocketed in the past year, according to Companies House accounts filed last week, he accumulated £1.1million — up almost £250,000 on the previous year. 

Keen to keep him: According to The Sun , the presenter, 46, has now become one of Channel 4's highest paid television stars with the news of the the reported salary rise (above with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith)

Keen to keep him: According to The Sun , the presenter, 46, has now become one of Channel 4's highest paid television stars with the news of the the reported salary rise (above with judges Paul and Prue Leith)

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Noel Fielding and Channel 4 for comment.     

This comes as rumours swirled over who could be replacing Sandi , but it's now emerged that Joanna Lumley and Jo Brand are front runners to bag the job. 

It's also been reported that Steph McGovern and former GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain are also in the running.

In the running: This comes as rumours swirled over who could be replacing Sandi , but it's now emerged that Joanna Lumley and Jo Brand are front runners to bag the job

Could it be? Jo has been hosting Bake Off: Extra Slice

In the running:This comes as rumours swirled over who could be replacing Sandi , but it's now emerged that Joanna Lumley and Jo Brand are front runners to bag the job

Sources revealed to The Sun that Channel 4 bosses are preparing to 'formally approach' commedienne Jo, 62, who is already the host of the spin-off show Extra Slice. 

They also have their eye on Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna, 73, who is pals with the show's judge Paul , 53.

The source said: 'Channel 4 are very much on a diversity drive at the moment so whilst Joanna might not seem like a natural choice, she would be a brilliant successor to Sandi - and very much a like-for-like replacement which is important to viewers.

'But Jo Brand has polled

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