Pregnant and peckish - actress Gemma Atkinson left hungry on James Martin's Saturday Morning Show as host serves up dishes not suitable for pregnant people
Well now, don’t James Martin and Mary Berry make a nice pair of presenters? The Bake Off judge has teamed up with the former Saturday Kitchen host for a seasonal special called James Martin’s Christmas with Friends - and it’s got us all wondering whether James isn’t the perfect replacement for Paul Hollywood if the Beeb decides to make that Bake Off-style show with Mel, Sue and Mary. It’s not the only good news for Mary Berry fans this Christmas. She’ll be back alongside Paul Hollywood with presenters Mel and Sue for not one but TWO Bake Off specials later in the year.
Despite the BBC insisting they have “no plans” to replace Evans, the TV chef is now 3/1 outright favourite, after bookies received a flurry of bets overnight. “James Martin is a very popular presenter and, coupled with his well known love of cars, Top Gear might just be a great fit,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said. Meanwhile, motorcycle racer Guy Martin is second with odds of 6/1 while Formula 1 star Jenson Button, who proved to be a hit during a guest appearance on the show, is in third place at 8/1.
James Martin has explained the real reason he decided to leave his role at the helm of Saturday Kitchen, denying the various rumours that budgets cuts or omelettes were behind his decision to bow out. James left the show in March, with guest presenters, including Lorraine Pascale and Michel Roux Jr, stepping in while a permanent replacement is found. Admitting that he didn’t think his departure would be ‘such a big deal’, James jokingly compared his exit to One Direction’s hiatus, telling The Mirror: “I genuinely said to my agent, ‘Stick it out there, but no one will be bothered,’ and next minute it was all over the papers.
The BBC have announced an exciting line-up of guest hosts to replace James Martin after he leaves his spot as the host of ‘Saturday Kitchen’. James will sadly present his last episode the Saturday morning programme this week (March 26), and he’ll most definitely be missed (though he will still be on Saturday Kitchen Best Bites). The Beeb have made sure to book some big names as replacements, with the celebrity chefs rotating on a one-week only presenting basis.
Last week James Martin shocked us all when he revealed that he was quitting ‘Saturday Kitchen’, and the TV chef has now opened up about his rather bizarre contract. Y’see, James is actually banned from making omelettes in public due to the fact he oversees the popular Omelette Challenge part of the cooking show. Speaking in a new interview, James explained: “I’m pretty sure there’s a clause in the contract somewhere that I’m not allowed to make an omelette in public.
Behind the scenes James Martin was struggling and has now revealed he felt his role as host on Saturday Kitchen was a nightmare due to “moaning viewers”, budgets being slashed – and no payrise despite solid viewing figures. James said: “That wasn’t my decision.
Instead, James Martin, the presenter of essential weekend viewing Saturday Kitchen, has announced that he’s stepping down from the role after ten years at the helm. James has been the host of the show since 2006, taking over from Antony Worrall Thompson. Gregg Wallace was the first to host the show when it began in 2002.