03/12/2016 11:45 GMT

'Great British Bake Off': Paul Hollywood Claims Channel 4 Move Has Doubled His Salary

Lucky him.

Paul Hollywood has revealed his controversial decision to stick with ‘The Great British Bake Off’ following its move to Channel 4 has doubled his salary. 

The baking show judge admitted he was “gutted” to see co-stars Mary Berry and Mel and Sue walk away from the show, but claimed the pay rise was hard to turn down. 

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Paul Hollywood is staying with 'The Great British Bake Off' when it moves to Channel 4

In an interview with The Times (£), he said: “Would you work across the road? If you could double your wages, by going across the road to a rival would you?”

Revealing he was baffled by the backlash he received by staying with the show, Paul added: “’I haven’t murdered anyone. But I think the Yorkshire Ripper got less press than I did.” 

He also claimed he was paid less than £500,000 for his seven years on ‘Bake Off’ while it aired on the BBC, but was unable to confirm the exact amount. 

“I’d be happy for the BBC to release the figure to say how much I paid, but I can’t do that,” he said. 

However, in an interview with The Sun, Paul insisted his decision to move to Channel 4 was not about the dough. 

“Who in their right mind would walk away from a job that you absolutely adore?” he said. 

“I’ll miss the girls and I’ll miss Mary - they’re like my sisters and my mum, you know. I just didn’t want to leave the job because I love that job.”

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The current 'Bake Off' line-up will bow out after two BBC Christmas specials

Paul also revealed producers have made a shortlist of 50 names to replace Mary Berry, and will be helping boses chose the new judge to ensure there is “chemistry”. 

Channel 4 poched the rights to air the next three series of ‘Bake Off’ from the BBC in a £75million deal with production company Love Productions back in September. 

The BBC recently dropped its biggest hint yet that it will reunite Mary, Mel and Sue on a new baking show, alongside series six champion Nadiya Hussain, who recently signed a contract with the corporation. 

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Nadiya Hussain could join Mary, Mel and Sue on a new BBC baking show

Speaking at a BBC press event on Thursday (1 December), BBC Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, said (via The Sun): “There will be more news on what Mary Berry, Mel and Sue and Nadiya are doing next. Watch this space – some exciting news to come.”

The BBC could also block Channel 4’s plans to air a new series of ‘Bake Off’ next year due to a clause in their contract, meaning their possible new show would air unchallenged by the original series.  

Love Productions began advertising for contestants earlier this week, with a view to filming the new series of ‘Bake Off’ in the summer. 

‘The Great British Bake Off’ concludes on BBC One with two pre-recorded Christmas specials, airing on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 

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