Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry are coming to The Great American Baking Show

Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry are coming to The Great American Baking Show

Ellie Kemper and Zach Cherry are coming to The Great American Baking Show, PEOPLE can exclusively announce. The pair have signed on to co-host the US adaptation of the iconic British baking competition series, premiering next year on The Roku Channel.

The six, 60-minute episode series is currently in production in the UK. Like the hosts on the British version, Kemper (the ever-present Kimmy Schmidt) and Cherie (Severance) will take viewers inside the competition’s iconic tent as amateur bakers compete in a series of challenges in hopes of becoming the show’s ultimate champion.

Celebrity chef Paul Hollywood and renowned restaurateur Prue Leith — both judges on The Great British Baking Show (or The Great British Bake Off , as it’s known in the UK) — will reprise their roles as judges for the American version.

 “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect pairing than Ellie and Jack to co-host The Great American Baking Show,” Brian Tannenbaum, head of Alternative Originals at Roku, said in a statement. “Our adaptation of the iconic series will continue to deliver the enduring warmth and humor that fans of the baking show universe love, that we know Ellie and Zach will deliver.”

“The passion fans have for this franchise is unmatched, and we are honored to begin production with Love Productions USA to bring The Great American Baking Show exclusively to The Roku Channel.”

Roku has announced that they are the new home for The Great American Baking Show in May.

The series previously aired five seasons on ABC, the last in 2019. The list of hosts and judges has varied over the years, but season 5 was presented by Emma Bunton and Anthony Adams with judges Hollywood and Sherry Yard.

Just one week after its premiere in December 2017, season 3 was famously canceled in light of sexual harassment allegations against one of the show’s judges, pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini. Eugenie later apologized to the public for her behavior after a stint in rehab.

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For The Great British Baking Show, it premiered in the UK in August 2010. Episodes stream in America on Netflix.

As with the American version, there has been a turnover of hosts and judges since its debut. Hollywood and Leith have been judging together since 2017 Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are the current hosts of the show. 

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