But the BBC Chairman has given fans a reality check, telling MPs that any new BBC cookery show “would need to be a different format.”
He continued: “To put an absolutely similar programme on would be very disappointing.”
While Clementi declared himself a fan of the Bake Off, he told the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that the BBC had been right to refuse Love Productions’ demands for more money.
The production company’s deal with Channel 4 was reportedly worth £75 million.
After seven series, the new BBC boss also revealed his “personal” opinion was that the Bake Off had gone stale, anyway.
“My personal opinion is they need to find a different format,” he said, according to The Sun. “My very personal view is that it peaked with Nadiya Hussain. That’s a very personal view, not the BBC’s and good luck to Channel 4.”