Mel, who presented the hit BBC show with her sidekick Sue Perkins, also admitted that she thought it was “bizarre” that the show went on to be such a huge success.
The 48-year-old told The Express: “When we filmed series one, hand on heart, I was phoning up Sue and saying, ‘Don’t worry, mate. No one’s going to watch this, it is a bit twee – we’re in a marquee with some bunting – this could have quite negative results for us. But no one’s going to see it, we’re paying off the mortgage, it’s a one-series wonder, don’t worry.’
Mel also revealed that as the show became more popular, she and Sue brought more humour to proceedings, and one person in particular got more than their fair share of ribbing.
“As the series progressed I think we managed to get in more of our own humour,” she said. “I don’t remember a single gag making it into series one – it was pretty dull as far as we were concerned. And then as it grew I think they trusted us more.
Mel and Sue presented the show for seven series from 2010 to 2016.
Last year, the pair announced they wouldn’t be following ‘Bake Off’ to its new home on Channel 4. Mary Berry followed suit, leaving only Paul Hollywood from the original team still with the show.
Mel recently insisted there were no hard feelings towards Paul, after he decided to make the move to Channel 4..
During an interview with Lorraine Kelly, she said: “Listen, I love the guy genuinely.
“He’s a pal and a friend and I just don’t want any kind of hard feelings or bad vibes.
“We had seven years together and they were really fun, good years, so all good.”