Gordon Ramsay reveals he turned down Bake Off

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

The Great British Bake Off was nearly transformed into Hell's Kitchen by foul-mouthed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Ramsay - who turned the airwaves blue by dropping 16-bombs in one single episode of The Nightly Show in March - claims that he was offered the judging job that eventually went to Prue Leith for Channel 4's revamp.

The revelation slipped out in an interview with The Telegraph, when Ramsay was asked if he'd tame his wild ways now that he's turned 50 years ago.

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"F**k, no!" he fired back "Tell me if I am, because I'll get the f**k out of here. I'll go back to Channel Four. They did ask me for Bake Off, anyway."

Why would Gordon Ramsay turn down a hugely lucrative offer to sit alongside Paul Hollywood, make food porn jokes and have a free pass to yell at amatuer bakers?

"I'm not very good at sloppy seconds," Ramsay quipped. "I don't want to be the male version of Mary Berry. I'm 30 years younger and more wrinkly than her anyway.

"I think [as] with Top Gear, we have an asset that is a crown jewel within a network. 14.5 million [viewers]: there will never be another cookery show with that number, ever again.

"For me, Bake Off is like the Queen: it's something to be respected, listened to and cared for. Not sold off."

Love Productions, are your ears ringing? His prediction is similar to one made by Britain's Got Talent duo Ant and Dec, who think that the new Bake Off will never surpass the success of its years on the BBC.

"Bake Off will be a hit in Channel 4 terms but I don't think it will ever reach the heights it has on the BBC just because it won't," Ant recently told The Mirror. "I love the show, I am a big fan of the show, I think it is great."

Dire predictions aside The Great British Bake Off is moving full steam of a rebranding that will see Mel and Sue replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

If nothing else, these new Channel 4 episode will teach Mary Berry just who Noel Fielding is… if she actually tunes in.

Digital Spy has reached out to representatives for Bake Off for comment on Gordon Ramsay's comments.

The Great British Bake Off comes to Channel 4 later in the year.

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