Nadiya Hussain says Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off won’t be the same
The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has said the popular baking competition “won’t be the same” on Channel 4.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Hussain admitted she fears the revamped series could follow in the footsteps of Top Gear, which floundered after the departure of Jeremy Clarkson. Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, alongside judge Mary Berry, all left Bake Off last year in response to the move to Channel 4. Only judge Paul Hollywood will make the switch across channels.
Hussain said: “It certainly won’t be the same Bake Off, it’s going to change the whole Bake Off’ that we know, that I know. The one problem with humans is that we don’t like change and the second you change something that we love people freak out a little bit. I think Brexit got less coverage!
“They are going to change the format to get adverts in between but I still love Bake Off and I will still watch Bake Off when it’s on Channel 4. I might just watch the first series just to criticise a little bit. We just don’t want a repetition of Top Gear, do we?”
The big-money battle for The Great British Bake Off was widely reported in September, after series producers Love Productions failed to agree an extension with broadcaster BBC. Channel 4 stepped up to the plate, offering a cool £75 million to take over the series, but somehow did not agree that all talent had to be on board in their deal.
Speaking about replacing Mel and Sue, Hussain said: “It’s going to be tough to replace them, they are amazing, they make up such a massive part of the show. That’s going to be tough shoes to fill.”