Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated'

The pair worked together on The Great British Bake Off for seven series until Sue quit in 2016.

For years, they were the best of chums on The Great British Bake Off, but it seems like things have turned sour between Sue Perkins and Paul Hollywood.

The presenter has revealed she had a “painful” falling out with he former co-star that has left her “devastated”.

Sue and Paul worked together from Bake Off’s inception in 2010 until 2016, when she and co-presenter Mel Giedroyc quit along with Paul’s fellow judge Mary Barry, over the decision to move the show from BBC One to Channel 4.

Speaking on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, Sue described Paul as having been “like family” and admitted she was hurt how things had played out between them.

Paul Hollywood and Sue Perkins
Paul Hollywood and Sue Perkins
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While she did not elaborate on the incident that cause the fall out, Sue said: “When we were there, Paul was really good fun - and stuff happened that made us incredibly sad and incredibly hurt.

“But he was always like family for years and years and years, and it’s painful when those things end, especially in the way that they did end.”

She continued: “I’m devastated about what happened, about lots of it.

“I just feel that talking about it is just really uncool and you start pointing the finger and then you become as bad as everybody else.”

The pair with former Bake Off co-stars Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc
The pair with former Bake Off co-stars Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc

After Sue, Mel and Mary left Bake Off, they were replaced by presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, while new judge Prue Leith joined Paul in the tent.

Sandi recently quit the show after three series, and will be replaced by Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas for the upcoming 11th series.

Meanwhile, Sue recently revealed she and Mel came very close to never actually presenting Bake Off at all, after quitting on the first day of filming.

Describing it as not being a “kind show”, she told Radio Times last month: “They were pointing cameras in the bakers’ faces and making them cry and saying, ‘Tell us about your dead gran.’ So we had very stiff words about how we wanted to proceed. I think we can say that, now we’re out of it, can’t we?”

The full interview with Sue appears on the latest episode of Jessie Ware’s Table Manners, available to stream now.


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