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Queer Eye’s Tan France will compete on Great British Bake Off

Tan France will appear on Season 3 of the celebrity-studded
Tan France will appear on Season 3 of the celebrity-studded "Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off"Photo: Shutterstock

Tan France, the 36-year-old “fashion guy” from the Netflix makeover show Queer Eye, will compete in the upcoming celebrity-version of The Great British Bake Off known as The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off.

The wildly popular baking reality competition known for its super-friendly competitors and mouth-watering pastries will feature France alongside other U.K. celebrities raising money for Stand Up To Cancer, a campaign spearheaded by Cancer Research U.K. and Channel 4, the channel that broadcasts The Great British Bake-Off.

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France makes an understandable addition to the GBBO line-up; he was born in Doncaster, England before becoming an international name.

He’ll be baking alongside award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (who has done lots of work on the English stage), English singer-songwriter James Blunt, Australian pro-tennis player Johanna Konta, and 16 others.

The five-episode fundraiser will be co-hosted by lesbian comic Sandi Toksvig and her mischevious co-host Noel Fielding, a comedian who found himself accused of homophobia in September 2017 when he posted an image joking about an implied gay sexual relationship between he and GBBO co-judge Paul Hollywood. Fielding never publicly commented on the backlash to the photo.

GBBO has become a favorite program among queer viewers for its line-up of gay, lesbian and bisexual competitors and co-hosts. The series was originally co-hosted by pun-tastic lesbian comedian Sue Perkins and the series’ gay male competitors have included season 2 bear Glenn Cosby, season 3 otter Tamal Ray, season 4 ginger Andrew Smyth, season 5’s Steven Carter-Bailey and Tom Hetherington, and John Whaite, the legal student who appeared in The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings.

The 2019 installment of The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off also included gay actor Russell Tovey.

The show has also featured a handful of lesbian competitors including season 4’s Ruby Tandoh and season 8’s Chuen-Yan Tsou.

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