Sue Perkins says it's 'annoying' that 'Great British Bake Off' on Channel 4 is a success without her

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins (Credit: Ian West/PA)

Sue Perkins has admitted that it stings a bit that The Great British Bake Off is still a hit show without her.

Perkins, who used to host the show with Mel Giedroyc, quit when the company that makes it, Love Productions, took it from the BBC and sold it to Channel 4.

The deal was worth a reported £75 million, and infuriated fans of the show, who accused the company of being greedy.

Mary Berry, who judged the show with Paul Hollywood, also quit over the move.

Perkins told The Sun: “Does it hurt to leave something you really love? Of course it hurts.”

She then joked (well, maybe half-joked): “And I’m glad it has a life after us, but it’s a bit annoying it’s been so successful.”

Mel and Sue were replaced by Sandi Toksvig and comedian Noel Fielding as presenters, while Prue Leith stepped in to replace Berry.

(Credit: Channel 4)

Perkins also criticised Love Productions over the way the deal was handled.

“We weren’t treated all that well, we discovered it had been sold not through the usual channels, and you just sort of get to that point where it’s not about money is it?” she added.

“It’s about working relationships, it’s about respect.”

Despite the changes, the show remains succesful in the ratings, with audiences of 6.9 million this month.

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