The Great British Bake Off returned this week with new host Matt Lucas, 46, joining Noel Fielding, 47, to kick start this year’s competition. However, before Channel 4 viewers were introduced to the 12 bakers taking part, the comedian did a parody of one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily briefings which aired at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This was aptly timed as the 55-year-old politician has just given an address to the nation about the latest restrictions following a spike in COVID-19 cases. As such, almost 200 complaints have been made to Ofcom over the impersonation.
Matt donned a blonde wig and stood behind a makeshift podium, telling viewers what they could and couldn’t do in relation to baking.
The lectern he was stood behind sported a slogan similar to the ones the Government had been using to stress the importance of their message to stop the spread of the virus to protect the NHS and save lives.
Instead, the commentary was rather caked-up as it read: “Stay alert, protect cake, save loaves,” with judges Paul Hollywood, 54, and Prue Leith, 80, acting as advisors.
According to Digital Spy, the broadcasting watchdog has been inundated with complaints from viewers about the sketch.
A spokesperson said: “We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."
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Bake Off receives 200 Ofcom complaints over Matt Lucas' impersonation of Boris Johnson (Image: Channel 4/GETTY)
Bake Off: Matt Lucas gave his debut as host alongside Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (Image: Channel 4)
There was some uproar from viewers directly after the sketch had happened, with some taking to social media to express their dismay.
One wrote on Twitter: