‘Paul Hollywood and I had our differences’ Mary Berry speaks out about Bake Off’s move to Channel 4

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  • Great British Bake Off queen Mary Berry has spoken out about the show’s move to Channel 4, revealing that she and Paul Hollywood had their differences when the time came to decide to move with the programme or not.

    Speaking to the Radio Times, the 81 year old revealed that she was never asked to go to GBBO’s new home.

    Asked if she was tempted by a bigger pay check at the BBC’s rival, the TV chef said she never received any offers and avoided being asked.

    ‘No, I wasn’t. And anyway, I was never asked to go. I avoided being asked.’

    Explaining her desire to remain loyal to the BBC, Mary said she’d made her mind up and refused to meet with Channel 4.

    ‘It was the BBC’s programme, it grew there. So I decided to stay with the BBC, with Mel and Sue.

    ‘It was suggested what would happen if I did go to Channel 4, what I would get, the advantages’, Mary revealed.

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    ‘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.’

    Opening up about TV sidekick Paul Hollywood, the baking queen said they had different priorities when it came to the move.

    ‘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’, she said.

    The TV chef, who will be back on our screens with her brand new show Mary Berry Everyday next week, also spoke about Mel and Sue, branding them ‘extraordinary’.

    ‘They are extremely bright and their humour is spontaneous and very cheeky’, Mary said. ‘They are hilarious and I am so fond of them.’

    Talking about his decision to go with the show to Channel 4, Paul said in December: ‘If you could double your wages, by going across the road to a rival, would you?’

    According to the Sun, it looks like Prue Leith will be the one joining him and the aspiring bakers in the tent later this year for The Great British Bake Off 2017.

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