The restaurateur and cookery writer was named as Mary’s replacement on the hit baking show last week, ahead of its relaunch on Channel 4 later this year.
But before signing on the dotted line, Prue called the former judge to find out if she’d be able to work with Paul, who is the only original ‘Bake Off’ star who stayed with the show after the BBC lost the rights to air it.
Speaking to The Sun, Prue said: “When Mary said she wasn’t going with it, I’ll confess I thought, ‘I’d quite like that job’.
“I think what would have been fatal is if they had tried to simply do exactly the same thing and replace Mary with someone very like Mary and to replace Sue and Mel with similar cookie-girl comedians,” she added.
Paul also met with Noel for the first time on Wednesday (22 March), tweeting:
He previously admitted he’s “really excited” to get to work with his new colleagues, claiming Prue reminded him of his mother-in-law.
‘The Great British Bake Off’ is expected to launch on Channel 4 later this year.