Jo Brand 'blackmailed' into doing Bake Off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 January 2013
Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Jo Brand insists her daughters Maisie and Eliza "emotionally blackmailed" her into competing on 'The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief' because they love the BBC Two show so much

Jo Brand's daughters "emotionally blackmailed" her into doing 'The Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief'.

The comedienne and 'Splash!' judge is one of the celebrities taking part in the charity version of the hit BBC Two show, but was reluctant to appear until she was nudged by her daughters - Maisie and Eliza - to put her oven mitts on.

She said: "My daughters love 'The Great British Bake Off' so they emotionally blackmailed me into doing this. I practiced once so as not to be seen to be an absolute fool when my cake came out of the oven half-a-millimetre high, but I didn't practise to the extent of decorating it ferociously."

Despite the show being for charity, the 55-year-old star admits she and the other celebrities - including 'Countryfile' presenter Julia Bradbury and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds - did get competitive.

She added to Radio Times magazine: "There was a lot of shenanigans going on. Certain people trying to ruin certain other people's cakes ... I may have had a part in that."

Julia explained: "I'm quite competitive and 'Bake Off' was a challenge I couldn't resist.

"You don't think you're going to get nervous. You don't think that it matters to you, or that you care, but of course you do."

The 'Great British Bake Off for Comic Relief' starts on BBC Two on January 21 at 8.30pm.

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