Mary Berry will still not watch Bake Off

Not even new host Alison Hammond can tempt her back

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Mary Berry left Bake Off in 2016. (BBC)

Mary Berry has insisted she still has no interest in watching The Great British Bake Off after quitting the show in 2016 over its move to Channel 4.

Berry's role as a judge on the show was ultimately replaced by Prue Leith but the longtime cookbook author and broadcaster has not watched the show since she left.

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Speaking to the Mirror, Berry was asked about Alison Hammond being announced as the show's new co-host following the departure of Matt Lucas.

She replied: "I hope she’s very good. They’ve had a good swap round since I left. But they’re all good, they bring a different way of life to Bake Off."

Berry, who fronts her own baking shows for the BBC, added that she has no interest in watching Bake Off: "I don’t actually watch Bake Off – you can imagine, being married to me, there’s a lot of food about, so we don’t watch much cooking on telly."

Alison Hammond attending the BAFTA Nominees' Party at the National Gallery in London. Picture date: Saturday February 18, 2023. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Alison Hammond attending the BAFTA Nominees' Party, 2023. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Despite not watching the show, Berry did praise Bake Off for encouraging people to get interested in cooking: "It gets people and children cooking. Cooking from scratch, all very easy, and encouraging people to do what I enjoy. I think people are at last shopping locally, and going to local markets, and going to pick-your-own, and making the most of the less expensive things."

Berry joined The Great British Bake Off at its inception in 2010 as part of the original cast with Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

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Mary Berry was part of the original Bake Off team. (BBC)

Since departing the show in 2016 along with Giedroyc and Perkins, Berry has presented shows such as Mary Berry’s Cooks, Britain’s Best Home Cook, and Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts.

Hollywood is the only member of the original cast still on Bake Off.

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