It turns out The Great British Bake Off tent could well have turned blue on Channel 4 – and we’re not talking about the bunting.
Gordon Ramsay – a man as famous for swearing as he is cooking – claims that he was asked to be a part of the revamped Bake Off on Channel 4.
In an interview with The Telegraph, he responded to a question about whether he was going soft now that he was 50 years old by saying: “F—, no! Tell me if I am, because I’ll get the f— out of here. I’ll go back to Channel 4. They did ask me for Bake Off, anyway…”
He continued: “I’m not very good at sloppy seconds. I don’t want to be the male version of Mary Berry. I’m 30 years younger and more wrinkly than her anyway.
“I think [as] with Top Gear, we have an asset that is a crown jewel within a network. 14.5 million [viewers]: there will never be another cookery show with that number, ever again.”
He also described the former BBC1 programme as being like the Queen. “It’s something to be respected, listened to and cared for. Not sold off,” he said.
After Love Productions sold the programme to Channel 4, it was revealed that the new line-up would consist of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith alongside new hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
Fellow chef Tom Kerridge has lent his support to the “clever” line-up, and defended Hollywood at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.
“From Paul’s point of view, I think it’s great that he’s still involved with the show because he’s phenomenal,” Kerridge said. Then on top of that you look at Sandi [Toksvig] and she’s a wonderful character – very bright, very clever and very warm as well.”
New host Toksvig also said she was convinced Fielding was her ideal co-presenter.
“He is a huge fan of the show. I’m absolutely confident he will bring the same level of love that I’ll bring to it. That’s all you can do, right?”, she told The Telegraph at the Royal Television Society Awards.
“I love him. We’re good friends. He’s going to dress better than me, but other than that we’re all right. And I imagine he has more eyeliner than I do.”