Sue Perkins reveals 'painful' fall out with Paul Hollywood

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Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood arriving for the 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London   (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood arriving for the 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has told how sad she felt after a “painful” falling out with judge Paul Hollywood.

Perkins hosted the much-loved baking show with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc from 2010 to 2016, but did not go with the programme when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017.

Read more: Sue Perkins says it's 'annoying' that Bake Off is a success without her

Speaking on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, said that Hollywood had been “like family” and that it hurt when things like that come to an end.

While she did not elaborate on the ins and outs of the situation, she said: “When we were there, Paul was really good fun - and stuff happened that made us incredibly sad and incredibly hurt.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12, 2020: Sue Perkins attends the SKY TV, Up Next Event at Tate Modern in London.- PHOTOGRAPH BY James Warren / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read James Warren / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Sue Perkins attends the SKY TV, Up Next Event at Tate Modern in London (James Warren / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

“But he was always like family for years and years and years, and it’s painful when those things end, especially in the way that they did end.”

She went on: “I’m devastated about what happened, about lots of it.

“I just feel that talking about it is just really uncool and you start pointing the finger and then you become as bad as everybody else.”

Ep1.  Paul and Prue. (C4)
Ep1. Paul and Prue. (C4)

The Great British Bake Off began in 2010 on BBC Two, but due to its success moved to BBC One in 2014 to air in a primetime slot.

In 2016 its makers Love Productions announced it had signed a deal with Channel 4 and the show would be leaving the BBC.

Read more: Prue Leith says Bake Off is easy money

When the show moved to its new home, Perkins and Giedroyc were replaced by Sandi Toksvig and comedian Noel Fielding as presenters.

Judge Mary Berry also left and was replaced by Prue Leith.

Toksvig has now stepped down and has been replaced on this year’s show by Little Britain’s Matt Lucas.

Listen to Bake Off contestant Candice Brown discussing her time on the show with Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time below.

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