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Great British Bake Off bosses 'ban older contestants' amid coronavirus fears

Channel 4 bosses of The Great British Bake Off have reportedly “banned older contestants” from the show year amid coronavirus fears.

The show, which often leads to the winner getting a cook book deal, is well known for starring an array of people of all different ages.

Many of the contestants are usually over 60 but this year TGBBO will reportedly look very different in regards to its casting.

Following the pandemic which has seen the highest death toll of people over 60, the show will allegedly be banning people over the age of 60 from appearing on the show this year.

Channel 4 bosses are reportedly ‘banning people over 60’ from show

The Sun reports that insiders have claimed that bosses feared older contestants would fall ill during filming.

Meaning if they did, production would have to shut down and Channel 4 could potentially lose millions of pounds.

A source said: “There’s a real sense of urgency to get the next series of Bake Off in the can, considering it’s one of Channel 4’s biggest draws.

The show commonly features contestants over the age of 60

“That means the nation’s baking grans and grandads have been deemed too high risk.

“Bake Off’s wizened contestants are often the heart of the show.

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“Val, who would ‘listen’ to cakes to work out if they were done, and rapping septuagenarian Flo became favourites.”

The Channel 4 show is adored by all generations

All the cast and crew on this year’s show are required to quarantine together after judge Prue Leith, 80, has been refused insurance.

But, according the sources, Channel 4 is eager to press ahead and ensure the show hits TV screens in its usual August slot.

Noel Fielding and comedian Matt Lucas will be joining the show to host it this year after Sandi Toksvig stood down.

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