Just days after it was reported that the Great British Bake Off had found its new dream team in Davina McCall and Clare Balding, presenting duo Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have emerged as the new bookies' favourites to land one of the most coveted jobs in television.
The BBC lost the show −which crowned Nadiya Hussain in last year's series− after talks broke down between the broadcaster and Love Productions, the makers of the popular cookery programme. Channel 4 swooped in with a £25m ($33m)-a-year three-year deal.
Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who have helmed Bake Off since 2010, announced on Tuesday (13 September) they would not appear on the Channel 4 version while it is not yet known if judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will continue in their roles.
Betway is giving 7/2 odds that Allsopp and Spencer, best known for Location, Location, Location, will helm the baking show when it moves to Channel 4 in 2017. "There's been enough interest in Channel 4 cooking up a deal for Kirsty & Phil to present next year's Great British Bake Off that they've risen straight to the top of our betting at 7/2," Betway's Alan Alger said.
He added: "Holly Willoughby is a quietly supported 8/1-shot to land a presenting role when the show hits Channel 4 next year, but the punters can't see her friend and Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon joining her at 50/1."
At 5/1 is Channel 4 newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy followed by Balding at 7/1 who is currently in Brazil presenting Channel 4's Paralympic coverage.
Interestingly, bookies are only giving 25/1 odds for McCall, who previously fronted Big Brother, The Jump and Million Pound Drop on Channel 4 and according to The Mirror is "at the top of bosses' wishlist" to take over.
Sherlock creator Steven Moffat made his thoughts on the controversial poaching known at the 2016 Emmys when he commended the BBC's decision "not to reward greed". Speaking to the Press Association backstage, the writer and producer revealed he had rejected a number of lucrative bids from other broadcasters who wanted to take over his drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. "We have had offers, that's not what it's about. It should never be about that," he said.
Next GBBO presenter (Selected odds)
Kirstie & Phil 7/2
Krishnan Guru-Murthy 5/1
Clare Balding 7/1
Holly Willoughby 8/1
Sarah Beeny 10/1
Steve Jones 10/1
Carol Vorderman 10/1
Simon Rimmer 16/1
Tim Lovejoy 20/1
Rick Edwards 20/1
Fearne Cotton 25/1
Jimmy Carr 25/1
Kevin McCloud 25/1
Davina McCall 25/1
George Clarke 25/1
Gordon Ramsay 33/1
Jon Snow 50/1
Keith Lemon 50/1