Bake Off’s Mary Berry admits she clashed with Paul Hollywood: “We had our differences”
Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has revealed that she clashed with co-star Paul Hollywood over the show’s transfer to Channel 4.
The two baking stars parted ways last year when it was announced that the series would be moving from BBC One to Channel 4. While Mary decided to remain loyal to the BBC, Paul chose to keep his job and follow the show over to the rival broadcaster.
Mary has previously stayed more or less neutral on the matter, but she has now revealed that there were bumped heads during the process.
She told the Radio Times: “I would always stand by him. Paul and I had our differences about what was important to us but he is a brilliant bread-maker and I admired him a lot.”
When asked if she was tempted to take up the job offer, Mary explained that she refused to meet Channel 4 bosses: “Well, I avoided being asked. It was suggested what would happen if I did go to Channel 4; what I would get, the advantages.
“But I didn’t ever have a meeting with them. I’d made up my mind. To me it’s an honour to be on the BBC. I was brought up on it.”
Last week it was revealed that Prue Leith will be replacing Mary Berry on Bake Off in 2017. Show bosses have supposedly described her as a “like for like” replacement for Mary.
A source informed The Sun newspaper: “In cookery circles, she’s practically royalty.
“Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over.
“Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge.
“But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes.”
Great British Bake Off will return later this year to Channel 4.