TV chef Prue Leith has said she does not want to "do a Chris Evans" in stepping into Mary Berry's shoes as a judge on the Great British Bake Off.
Leith is reportedly set to sign a deal for a rumoured £200,000 to join Paul Hollywood as a Bake Off judge when the programme moves to Channel 4, nearly three times the amount received by Berry.
But referencing Radio 2 DJ Evans' failed attempt to fill in the gap left by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Top Gear, Leith revealed her concerns about taking the role.
It's a bit scary following Mary, but I don't want to do a Chris Evans
Speaking at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards last night, the former Great British Menu star, 77, said: "I believe I'm about to be paid about a quarter of a million pounds or something and I've got a deal. It's complete nonsense.
"I have not signed any contract. I've not got the job yet. I hope to have it - I have no idea if I will."
She added "Of course I [want the job]. There's not a cook in the country who doesn't want to do that job. It'd be lovely.
"It's a bit scary following Mary, but I don't want to do a Chris Evans."
She said she hopes it will be "fairly soon" that she finds out from the production company about the TV job, because "it has been going on an awful long time".
Leith - who left BBC Two cooking contest The Great British Menu in 2016 after 11 years as a judge - said she backs Hollywood's decision to stay with the programme after its move.
Berry and the show's presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins opted out of the switch, with baker Hollywood the only remaining original star to appear on the next series.
She said: "I think Paul Hollywood was quite perfectly within his rights to stay with Love Productions. They'd made him famous, he was getting a decent salary and he was enjoying it. Why shouldn't he stay with them?"
Leith, who is also an author, presided over the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual awards ceremony, which recognised books in seven categories, including contemporary romantic novels, historical romantic novels and paranormal or speculative romance novels.
She said at the event that it is unfair that male authors who write stories about love do not get called romantic novelists.
Leith said she does not like her books being "confined to the romance shelf".
"I don't like the word romantic, because it's got such a soppy connotation, which it doesn't need to have.
"I think that love stories are the most successful - the most successful plays, operas, novels are all about love.
"Nobody says Shakespeare is a romantic novelist or that Jane Austen is a romantic novellist."
She added: "And they never say men are romantic novellists. Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan - they write wonderful love stories, or stories about relationships and love, and you never find Ian McEwan on the romantic shelf.
"I don't like being confined to the romantic shelf, but I thoroughly approve of what romantic novelists do. We're not all what used to be called Mills and Boon.
"The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) does try to show that this is literature, like anything else. We're just women who write about relationships."
Leith said she does not think things will change until there are "50% male members" in the RNA, although she is doubtful that will happen.
She said: "It won't happen because guys don't need to. They get put on the shelves upstairs, the women get put on the shelves downstairs, called romance."