Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc almost quit GBBO series one

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 September 2015
The 'Great British Bake Off' team

Sue Perkins, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc walked out of the first series of 'Great British Bake Off' because they thought producers were trying too hard to manufacture drama

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc walked out of the first series of 'The Great British Bake Off'.

The presenting duo - who have presided over six series of the popular competition - told producers they didn't feel the show was for them because of attempts to manufacture drama, which left contestants in tears.

Sue said: "We felt uncomfortable with it, and we said, 'We don't think you've got the right presenters'."

And Sue is proud of the stance they took as it meant the show was crafted differently.

She added: "I'm proud that we did that, because what we were saying was, 'Let's try and do this a different way' - and no one ever cried again. Maybe they cry because their soufflé collapsed, but nobody's crying because someone's going, 'Does this mean a lot about your grandmother?' Many of the bakers have sad stories, but guess what? We never touch on any of them."

The 46-year-old presenter thinks it is much more important that the bakes and the "nice people" taking part in the competition - which is judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry - are at the forefront, rather than controversy or drama.

She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "My idea of hell is another dropped cake or an 'Alaska-gate'.

"A good 'Bake Off' for me is just about cakes and nice people - and that's a successful show."

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