Sat. Apr 20th, 2024
alert-–-the-great-british-sewing-bee-in-major-hosting-shake-up-as-sara-pascoe-leaves-bbc-show-after-welcoming-her-second-childAlert – The Great British Sewing Bee in major hosting shake-up as Sara Pascoe leaves BBC show after welcoming her second child

The Great British Sewing Bee will see a major hosting shake-up as Sara Pascoe left the show after welcoming her second child. 

The comedian, 42, has hosted the BBC show for the past two series since 2021. 

On Wednesday it was announced via the show’s official Twitter page that Sara would not appear on the next series and the Christmas special after giving birth. 

Actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe, who recently appeared on the show as a celebrity guest, will be taking up the reins, the show confirmed.  

Announcing the news on Twitter alongside a snap of the host and his co-star judges, Patrick Grant and Esme Young, the official Sewing Bee account wrote: ‘We’re bursting at the seams that Kiell Smith-Bynoe has stepped in to host this year’s Christmas Special and Series 10. 

Shake-up: The Great British Sewing Bee has announced a major hosting shake-up

Happy news! Host Sara Pascoe has left the show after welcoming her second child

‘(Sending lots of love to Sara and her new baby!)’

Sara has presented the show since 2021. It was previously led by comedian Joe Lycett and Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman. 

Ghosts actor Kiell, 34, has appeared in Stath Lets Flats, Man Like Mobeen and Enterprice – as well as competing on Taskmaster, The Weakest Link, and Richard Osman’s House Of Games. 

And fans were clearly thrilled at the appointment, as one took to Twitter to say: ‘This will be magic,’ while another added: ‘Excellent news!’

A third said: ‘Wonderful! I love Sara, but Keill will be a brilliant stand-in.’ 

Sara revealed the news earlier this year that she was pregnant after experiencing fertility issues while trying for a baby.

The TV presenter revealed she was expecting again with her husband Steen Raskopoulos earlier this year in May.

Congratulations! The account’s tweet, read: ‘Sending lots of love to Sara and her new baby!’, while confirming that Kiell Smith-Bynoe would step in to host the Christmas Special

New face: Ghosts actor Kiell, 34, has appeared in Stath Lets Flats, Man Like Mobeen and Enterprice

Baby joy! Sara Pascoe, 42, has become a mother for the second time, it was announced on the BBC show’s official Twitter page

She revealed the happy news on Instagram, sharing a snap in which she showcased her growing baby bump in a rainbow coloured knitted dress. 

Her husband Steen delightedly beamed alongside her while holding a beer next to her stomach. 

Captioning her post, Sara penned: ‘Here we go again. Eating for two and drinking for no one.’ 

The couple are already parents to a son, who they welcomed in February 2020 through IVF.

Sara looked overjoyed in her post as she flashed a dazzling smile while snapping a bathroom selfie on her phone.

And a host of the Out Of Her Mind star’s showbiz pals were quick to share their joy and elation at her baby news.

Duncan James wrote: ‘Awww massive congrats to u both xixixi.’

Ellie Jane Taylor penned: ‘Ah congrats dolly!! (And what a great frock!!).’

While Harry Style’s sister Gemma simply put: ‘Yay!’

Delighted: A host of the Out Of Her Mind star’s showbiz pals were quick to share their joy and elation at her baby news

Sweet: The couple are already parents to a son, who they welcomed in February 2020 through IVF  

In April, Sara opened up on her fertility issues impacting her stand-up comedy and her fear of turning down work after her baby was born.

Before giving birth, she had struggled to conceive and centered a lot of her comedy around being infertile.

After having her baby, she then changed her material to reflect being a mother, admitting to being ‘complex’.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Sara explained: ‘As human beings, we’re all inconsistent. Something can be true at one point in your life or career, but not true later on. 

‘When I did Out of Her Mind [the BBC2 sitcom in 2020], I was at a stage of my life where I’d got my head around the fact that I was infertile and I really leant into that in the show.

‘Then a year later, I had a baby [via IVF]. People who felt close to my narrative said, ‘Who are you, then?’ And it was like, ‘Sorry, people are really complex!’ 

‘When I was infertile, I was really defensive and now I’m a mummy, I do mum jokes. I’m an over-sharer – I’m comfortable with it, and with the discussion that comes after.’

Impact: Last month, Sara opened up on her fertility issues impacting her stand-up comedy and her fear of turning down work after her baby was born

‘Tough’: Sara described how failing to conceive had a negative impact on her, exacerbated by the ease in which other couples around her fell pregnant.

She also spoke about her worries concerning work, feeling as though she had to continue working very soon after giving birth to ensure she didn’t miss out on future opportunities.

Sara said: ‘The advantage of having some money in the bank is that you don’t have to take a job to pay next month’s rent. But the fear is – if I don’t say ‘Yes’ to a job now, what if they don’t ask me again? 

‘I did QI when the baby was five weeks old. My agent had said, ‘Don’t you want a bit more time? Because you’re swollen, mad and leaky.’ I was afraid that if I missed it, they wouldn’t ask me next year.’