Sue Perkins turned down Bake Off
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 March 2014
Sue Perkins has revealed she initially turned down the chance to host 'The Great British Bake Off' but now feels like the "luckiest person alive"
Sue Perkins initially turned down 'The Great British Bake Off'.
The 44-year-old TV presenter - who fronts the BBC Two baking competition with Mel Giedroyc - has admitted she passed on the chance to host the show at first because she didn't think it would last.
She said: "They said, "Would you do it?' and I said, 'No, it's about cakes, don't be silly.' "
However, Sue is now thankful she changed her mind as 'Bake Off' has enjoyed momentous success over the past four years and will soon move to BBC One.
She added: "I can't tell you how joyous it is. I'm the luckiest person alive."
The comedienne's role in the show has led to worldwide attention and she is recognised where she least expects it.
Appearing on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' - which airs on ITV tomorrow (08.03.14) - Sue said: "I was in Angkor Wat, the massive temple in Cambodia, doing a really pretentious piece to camera - that thank god will never make the edit - and a load of guys went, 'Bake.' "
Sue and Mel have become good friends with judge Mary Berry, 78, and recently introduced the sophisticated TV chef to tabloid talk show 'The Jeremy Kyle Show', which features scandalous revelations and family feuds.
She revealed: "Mary loves Jeremy Kyle. We've got her into Jeremy Kyle. She says, 'This is extraordinary. Absolutely marvellous.' Then after a while you go, 'It is real.' [Mary says] 'Is it really?' "