Mel Giedroyc has no hard feelings towards Paul Hollywood

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 January 2017
Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc doesn't blame Paul Hollywood for moving to Channel 4 with the 'Great British Bake Off'

Mel Giedroyc doesn't have "any bad feelings" towards her former co-star Paul Hollywood.

The 48-year-old presenter announced she was bowing out of the 'Great British Bake Off' immediately after it was revealed Channel 4 had bought the rights to the show late last year but she's adamant, although the silver fox was the only member of the team to be coaxed with money to move with the series, she doesn't hate him for turning his back on the BBC.

Speaking on 'Lorraine' on Friday (06.01.17), she said of her former co-star: "I love the guy genuinely ... He's a pal and a friend and I don't want any bad feelings or bad vibes ... We had seven years together and they were really fun, good years."

Mel wasn't the only one to walk from the programme after the news was announced as her co-host Sue Perkins and the legendary judge Mary Berry also decided to bow out, too.

It has been highly speculated that Mel, Sue and Mary will now team up on a baking show that will rival 'GBBO' on the BBC and, although she refused to divulge too many details, Mel set tongues wagging when she played coy and claimed "stranger things have happened."

She teased when Lorraine Kelly asked if she was working on a project with Mary and Sue at the moment: "Who knows? Stranger things have happened!"

The 'Great British Bake Off' was thrown into chaos last year when it was revealed the BBC had failed to offer a big enough sum to Love Productions, the makers of the programme, to keep the show on their channel, despite screening it for the last seven years.

The BBC offered the company 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.

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.

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