Great British Bake Off: Mary Berry on why she didn't leave the BBC for Channel 4 with Paul Hollywood

'It was the BBC's programme, it grew there'

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 28 February 2017 11:45 GMT
Mary Berry with GBBO 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain
Mary Berry with GBBO 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain

Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has spoken further about the furore over the show which took place last year.

Berry says she didn't expect the show to leave the BBC for Channel 4, but was never tempted to move channels with fellow judge Paul Hollywood.

"It was the BBC's programme, it grew there," she told RadioTimes. "So I decided to stay with the BBC, with Mel and Sue."

She also revealed that, while she and Hollywood had their differences, she 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.

Of Mel and Sue she added: "They are extraordinary. They are extremely bright and their humour is spontaneous and very cheeky. They are hilarious and I am so fond of them."

Berry is set to host a new baking show for the BBC called Mary Berry Everyday.

There are currently several chefs who could replace her on Bake Off when it airs on Channel 4 later this year.

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