Paul Hollywood to stay as a judge on Great British Bake Off?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 September 2016
Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood has hinted that his contract for 'Great British Bake Off' is with Love Productions rather than the BBC

Paul Hollywood has hinted that he'll stay as a judge on the 'Great British Bake Off' when it moves channels next year.

The 50-year-old silverfox - who has featured on the programme for six years - is not ready to wave goodbye to the cooking show yet and will follow it across to Channel 4 when it leaves the BBC later this year because he's employed by Love Productions - the company behind the popular series - rather than the broadcaster.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: "It's not my call. I work for Love Productions. I work for the 'Bake Off'."

The fate of his co-judge Mary Berry is not yet known but her husband Paul J.M. Hunnings doesn't think she'll stay.

He said: "She's [Mary] very happy with the BBC, put it that way. [At the moment I don't think Mary is] signing anything with Channel 4 and what her colleagues choose to do will be a factor in her final decision."

And the 81-year-old baking legend is no doubt heartbroken that the programme's co-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have quit as the presenters following the news that the BBC has lost its rights to the show.

Mary said recently: "The four of us, Mel, Sue, Paul and me, are a team. We get on really well and our aim is to make a good programme.

"A lot of that goes to Mel and Sue -- if you could hear what they say off camera you would laugh even more."

The BBC offered Love Productions an estimated £15 million per year - double the current contract - in a bid to keep hold of the show, but producers refused to accept offers below £25 million.

It's believed Channel 4 quickly waded in with a three-year deal - worth a reported £75 million - after talks between the BBC and Love Productions broke down late Monday (12.09.16) afternoon.

Channel 4 have already confirmed plans to air a celebrity 'Bake Off' special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer next year, and it is thought they may have to wait until 2018 for a regular series due to a clause between the BBC and Love Productions.

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