Prue Leith Called Mary Berry Before Joining 'Great British Bake Off' As She Was 'Anxious' About Paul Hollywood

She was nervous to find out what her new co-judge is really like.

Prue Leith has revealed she had secret talks with Mary Berry before joining ‘The Great British Bake Off’ as she was “anxious” find out more about Paul Hollywood.

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.

Prue Leith
Prue Leith
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Prue also admitted she hadn’t heard of new co-host Noel Fielding, who is replacing Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins with Sandi Toksvig.

Prue called Mary Berry about working with Paul Hollywood
Prue called Mary Berry about working with Paul Hollywood
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Mary previously admitted she had no idea who Noel was prior to the announcement, while his appointment has also been defended by Sandi, following a mixed reception from fans.

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.

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