Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra have gone their separate ways. “The more famous Paul has become, the more attention he has been getting, and that has put huge strain on the marriage. While Paul and Alexandra – who have 14-year-old son Josh – have now confirmed their marriage is over, their break up is said to have been in the pipeline “for some time”.
Prue Leith’s fellow The Great British Bake Off judge has admitted he was “horrified” when she accidentally revealed who had won the show before the final aired. Paul Hollywood was shocked when his fellow judge made the gaffe by tweeting that Sophie Faldo had triumphed in the finale – nearly 12 hours before the episode aired. During an episode of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice host Jo Brand couldn’t resist poking fun at Prue.
Restaurateur and cookery writer Prue Leith is expected to serve as Mary Berry’s replacement on Channel 4’s revamped Great British Bake Off – and she could be in for some serious dough! According to reports, the 77-year-old TV cook is rumoured to be joining Paul Hollywood on the beloved baking series for a staggering £200,000 – nearly three times more than Mary Berry earned in the head judge spot on the BBC. Mary, 81, and Paul, 51, are said to have commanded just £70,000 for their roles on the Beeb’s original GBBO series, before Channel 4 acquired the rights to the show as part of a new three-year deal worth £75 million.
Channel 4’s recipe for Great British Bake Off success is still missing a couple of vital ingredients in the form of replacement hosts for Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who originally fronted the show on BBC One. The broadcaster, who acquired the rights to the show from Love Productions for £75m in September, have reportedly been struggling to secure new presenters after the comedic duo walked away from the series last year.
If you had visions of former Bake Off host Sue Perkins taking a long and agonising amount of time to decide to quit the show a few months back, think again. Opening up for the first time about her big decision not to end up squished between endless commercials over on Channel 4, Sue admitted that she made the decision “in a heartbeat”. 47-year-old Sue also admitted she was more than a little bit baffled about why GBBO had to move to Channel 4 in the first place.
You don’t usually see the words ‘ruthless’ and ‘Mary Berry’ sitting alongside each other in the same sentence, do you? Lindsay is widely credited with making Mary the handwhisk-wielding megastar she is today. “It shows that even though she’s at 80 Mary is prepared to make tough decisions that she believes will benefit her career.
Paul Hollywood says the Great British Bake Off will remain “exactly the same” when it eventually ends up on Channel 4. Well, we can think of one or two or maybe even THREE things that’ll be a little bit different, Paul. “The Bake Off won’t change in the sense that the format will stay exactly the same, the tent will stay the same, the challenges and really the bakers (will not change),” the 50-year old told Jonathan Ross.
The last ever BBC series spluttered to an end last week, and now it looks like plans for one last hurrah via a Comic Relief special have been scuppered after an almighty row with the show’s owners, Love Productions. The Beeb had hoped to reunite Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for one last time to judge the efforts of 12 assembled celebrities for a charity special – but Love Productions have told them exactly what they can do with that idea. “We would have loved a Bake Off Comic Relief special,” the BBC said in a statement last night.
Great British Bake Off fans held a funeral service for the show outside BBC HQ on Thursday. .@Dungeon_London has sent a hearse and actors to the BBC to mourn the loss of Bake Off. More than 14 million tuned into Wednesday night’s final to see Candice Brown be crowned the series winner for the last time on the BBC, but the episode was tinged with sadness.
If the simmering tensions between Sue Perkins and Paul Hollywood on display in tonight’s episode of Bake Off are anything to go by, it’s probably a good job they’re going their separate ways. The Sun claims Sue’s comments during tonight’s technical challenge are further evidence of an off-screen feud.
Britney Spears has admitted that she would be interested in a role on the Great British Bake Off when it moves over to Channel 4 next year because she loves cooking calorific treats. The Toxic hitmaker stopped by BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday to have a natter with Scott Mills and Chris Stark, but the conversation soon turned to the hot topic of the moment: Bake Off’s channel/presenter drama.
Paul Hollywood, the only Bake Off star who’s decided to ‘follow the dough’ and up sticks from the BBC, has been pictured chewing the fat with a bunch of German nudists on his Instagram account. The photo is actually a still from Paul’s new solo show City Bakes – presumably from a sequence highlighting the dangers of operating a Kenwood Chef without your trousers on. “[City Bakes] sees me travelling to cities all over the world visiting local bakeries and meeting the bakers who work there,” Hollywood wrote on his website recently.
Former Bake Off favourite Ruby Tandoh has told her Twitter followers exactly what she thinks about Paul Hollywood’s decision to ‘follow the dough’ to Channel 4 – and it makes for pretty uncomfortable reading. The 24-year-old baker has a bit of history with Paul. “When I spoke about my news earlier on, I did not know what Mary was saying about her decision, and more importantly had not been able to speak to her,” he said in a later statement.
Viewers took to Twitter last night to vent their fury at Mary Berry’s controversial bakewell tart recipe, which many fans claimed was, in fact, a recipe for a cherry bakewell. The offending ingredient was a layer of slick white icing which Berry claims tops any Bakewell Tart worth its salt. “You don’t put a layer of fondant on a Bakewell Tart, you tarts #GBBO,” remarked one armchair baker on the social media site.
It’s barely 24 hours since Mel and Sue announced that they were sensationally quitting Bake Off, but a steady stream of celebs are already edging forward with one eye on the dough. One contender who must surely be a favourite is TV chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver, who has made no secret of his love for the show in the past. “I love Mary Berry and it’s really great watching.
While Bake Off fans are still reeling from the news that Mel and Sue have turned down the chance to ‘follow the dough’ to Channel 4, TV bosses are already focusing their attention on who the hell can possibly replace them. Yes, yes - we know the answer is probably ‘no one’, but the bookies at William Hill have helpfully put together a list of the stars who could be bellowing soon be bellowing ‘On your marks, get set… BAKE!’ Pictures: Rex, Wenn, BBC, PA
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have sensationally quit as presenters of the Great British Bake Off following the news that the hit show will be switching to Channel 4.