New Bake Off judge Prue Leith insists new GBBO team will succeed
New Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith thinks the new team on the show will be a success.
Channel 4 announced the 77-year-old restauranteur as Mary Berry’s replacement earlier this week. QI host Sandi Toksvig and The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding will complete the line-up as presenters. Paul Hollywood will remain on the show for the move to Channel 4.
The new line-up is a far cry from Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, which Leith thinks is a blessing for the show.
She told the Sun: “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.
“I think it would have been really hard to get it right. But if we’re all very different, it will be different.
“The main thing that will not change is the contestants because they want to make sure they’re good bakers.”
Leith even thinks Toksvig’s contribution could boost audience figures, which last series broke records as 14.8 million Brits watched schoolteacher Candice Brown be crowned winner.
She said: “She is one of the funniest women I’ve ever met. She’s just naturally funny. She has to spark off and make jokes. She just lifts the level of conversation, she makes it funny. She’s quite sardonic and so well-read and intelligent.
“I honestly think it will change Bake Off a bit and gather more viewers who are her fans because they like that wit and that knowledge.”
Leith also added that her children Danny and Li-Da were big fans of Noel Fielding and are planning to start watching the show for the first time now he’s a part of it.
Leith added: “I’ve only heard of him because my children just adored him. They don’t watch Bake Off but they do watch him.
“My daughter said rather rudely, ‘Well now he’s in it I might watch it’. I was like, ‘What about me?'”