Paul Hollywood doubles salary with Channel 4 move
Paul Hollywood says he has doubled his salary by moving to Channel 4 with 'The Great British Bake Off'
Paul Hollywood has doubled his salary by moving to Channel 4.
The TV star decided to make the move with 'The Great British Bake Off' when Channel 4 poached it from the BBC and, despite being blasted for his disloyalty, Paul believes he made the right decision.
He told The Times Magazine: "Would you work across the road? If you could double your wages, by going across the road to a rival, would you?
"I'd be happy for the BBC to release the figure to say how much I was paid, but I can't do that.
"Do I deserve more money than I was on? I think everybody needs to get more money. Inflation has gone up. If I get more money, that's great news. That's great news.
"I don't work for the BBC. I work for a production company that works for the BBC. Love Productions made Bake Off what it is today. They made that programme."
Paul also says co-star Mary Berry's decision to remain with the BBC made people label him the villain.
"Mary [Berry] will never be the villain. I will always be a villain. I was sort of expecting it. But when it hit me, it was like an express train. I haven't murdered anyone. But I think the Yorkshire Ripper got less press than I did."
And Paul admitted he was devastated when hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins snubbed a move to Channel 4.
He said: "It was like my parents had split up. It broke me in half. I love my job. I was gutted. I was upset that the girls had split and weren't going to be with us anymore."