Paul Hollywood admits he was 'upset' when Mary Berry and Mel and Sue quit Great British Bake Off following Channel 4 move

Posted on Nov 14 2017 - 12:53am by admin
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry pose in the winners room at the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Mary Berry left Great British Bake Off – leaving Paul Hollywood as the only member of the BBC One team to move over to Channel 4 

The news meant Paul Hollywood was the only reigning star to follow the baking show over to Channel 4, leaving many angry at his decision to turn his back on his former co-stars.

Speaking about their departures, he admitted it upset him to see them leave.

“Mary, Mel and Sue had their own paths to take,” he told Weekend Magazine.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue PerkinsPaul Hollywood revealed Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins ‘had their own paths to take’[Getty]

“I think the world of all three and with them all the best. I speak to everyone as much as I used to. 

“It was sad to see them go, I was upset about the whole thing, but ultimately Bake Off is Bake Off.”

When asked about their replacements, with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding taking over hosting duties and Prue Leith being named a fellow judge, he revealed their arrivals brought something new out in him.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Paul Hollywood attends the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Paul Hollywood opened up about his new fellow judges

“We found three fantastic new people,” he continued. 

“Lots of viewers have told me they love Noel, Sandi and Prue. It’s just a fresh way of looking at something. 

“It’s brought something different out of me. I feel more relaxed. It’s been a real laugh.”

Great British Bake Off: First official picture of the new line up revealedPaul Hollywood was joined by Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith for the Great British Bake Off[Love Productions/Channel 4/PA]

Paul also opened up about rumours he will follow on in Mary’s footsteps and leave the show soon – and vowed this could not be further from the truth.

“I believed in Bake Off. I love Bake Off, and I will never leave,” the 51 year old added.

Great British Bake Off 2017: Sophie Faldo was congratulated by Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood after she won the showPaul Hollywood vowed he will never leave the Great British Bake Off[PA]

“It’s part of me. I equate it to Doctor Who. It’s a big change to have the first woman Doctor, but Doctor Who is still Doctor Who. The Doctors change, but Doctor Who is the same.

“Bake Off is the same. It just regenerates into something a little bit different.”

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