Spice Girl Emma Bunton Is the Great American Baking Show’s Newest Host

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Looks like Americans will have another opportunity to spice up their lives: Emma Bunton, who you’ll know as the Spice Girls’ Baby Spice, is returning to the spotlight as a host on The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. She will share hosting duties of the cooking competition’s fourth season with another newcomer: former NFL star Anthony ‘Spice’ Adams.

Though she’s famous for her days as a pop star, Bunton is an experienced reality television host: She once served as a judge on the British celebrity ice-skating competition Dancing on Ice. Of course, Bunton has had to make a few adjustments. According to The Guardian, Bunton is stumbling over the language differences between the two countries. On the radio she admitted that she confused biscuits and cookies (there’s a quite a big difference in America). Other than some tricky terminology, Bunton called hosting the show her “dream job.”

Bunton will be a welcome change at The Great American Baking Show, which has recently been marred by scandal: In the midst of season three, pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini was fired from his hosting duties following allegations of sexual harassment. If that situation wasn’t already bad enough, ABC opted to not air the rest of the season, and announced the winner through its social media channels.

Paul Hollywood — who is also the last remaining original judge on The Great British Bake Off — has weathered some very public scandals of his own during his tenure as a judge on the American version… Maybe he’s ready to put all that behind him, because he’ll resume his hosting duties for the show’s fourth season, as will cookbook author Sherry Yard. Here’s hoping the addition of Baby Spice will add some much needed levity to a show that can’t quite seem to find its footing in America.

The fourth season of The Great American Baking Show is set to premiere on December 6 on ABC.