It was a real showstopper for fans of The Great British Bake Off as they logged onto Twitter on the day of last month’s final to see Prue Leith had accidentally tweeted the winner’s name – nearly 12 hours before the episode aired. When asked how she felt upon realising her error, she told This Morning co-hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “Suicidal. Prue admitted the most disappointing part of the whole incident was that she was concerned her mistake would be talked about more than Sophie’s fine achievement.
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.
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.
A look at the life Mary Berry, who has just announced she has quit Britain’s most popular TV show, ‘The Great British Bake Off’. Image credits: SWNS/Getty/Rex/ABC/PA
Paul Hollywood has spoken out just hours after it was announced Mary Berry is quitting The Great British Bake Off due to her ‘loyalty’ to the BBC. ‘Let there be no doubt: I have loved every minute of my time working with Mary.