Rumoured Mary Berry replacement, Prue Leith has admitted to feeling “scared” of filling the shoes of the famous baker for the new series of The Great British Bake Off.
Mrs Leith has been in talks with producers for a judging role in the popular programme after presenters, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced they would leave the show. The stars made the decision to leave over loyalty for the BBC when the production company, Love Productions chose to sell the series to Channel 4.
Recent reports revealed Prue Leith has been offered three times more than Mary Berry, however she has dismissed the claims as “nonsense”
Prue has said she is terrified of “doing a Chris Evans” referencing Radio 2 DJ Evans’ failed attempt to fill in the gap left by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May on Top Gear, feeling that she may do the same as replacing Mary Berry.
Prue Leith, who has restaurateur, cookery writer, author and television presenter to her name, has said of reports: “I believe I’m about to be paid about a quarter of a million pounds or something and I’ve got a deal. It’s complete nonsense. I have not signed any contract. I’ve not got the job yet. I hope to have it – I have no idea if I will.” She added: “Of course I [want the job]. There’s not a cook in the country who doesn’t want to do that job. It’d be lovely.”
Leith also backed Paul Hollywood’s decision to stay with the programme after its move from the BBC, saying: “I think Paul Hollywood was quite perfectly within his rights to stay with Love Productions. They’d made him famous, he was getting a decent salary and he was enjoying it. Why shouldn’t he stay with them?”