Sue Perkins Considered 'Great British Bake Off' Exit Long Before Channel 4 Drama

A 'marron glacé'-related outburst almost tipped her over the edge.

10/07/2017 10:06

Former ‘Great British Bake Off’ presenter Sue Perkins has admitted she was considering quitting the show long before last year’s Channel 4 controversy kicked off.

However, Sue has now confessed that the thought of leaving had already played on her mind years earlier, when a trip to Tibet made her reconsider her priorities.

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Opening up to presenter Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’, she explained: “Four days before I came into the ‘Bake Off’ tent, I had been with the first family of the Mekong in Tibet.

“They had no electricity and no running water, and they would have yak butter and barley, and that’s all they ate, and they would meditate and be in bed by six.

“And then four days later, I was in a tent where somebody was crying because they couldn’t find the packet of marron glacé. And I did think, ‘How can I rationalise these two worlds?’”

Mel and Sue have since been replaced on ‘Bake Off’ by new unlikely double act Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, while Prue Leith is stepping in to take over from Mary Berry, who also chose to stay put at the BBC.

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