Prue Leith is naughtier than Mary Berry on Great British Bake Off, says Paul Hollywood

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Paul Hollywood has said his new Great British Bake Off co-judge Prue Leith is NAUGHTIER than Mary Berry - and even suggested he prefers her to his former BBC colleague.

Mary became a national treasure on the baking competition, proving herself to be just as saucy as Paul and former hosts Mel and Sue.


During last year's series, viewers were shocked when the 82-year-old said she'd "eat a bit of carpet" (from contestant Candice Brown's gingerbread house, that is).

Of course, Mary is no longer on the show, with Prue Leith replacing her on Channel 4's new series.

And it seems Prue has already usurped her predecessor in Paul's affections, as the bread guru named her the 'living person he most admires' in a recent chat with The Mirror.

"Wait until you see her on the new show," Paul teased. "She is a Michelin-starred chef, has been in the business for 50 years and knows everything about everything.

"She is naughtier than Mary but I can’t say how. You will have to watch the programme.

"She is hilarious and her one-liners are great. She is very dry and witty."

Prue - founder of Leiths School of Food and Wine and former judge of BBC Two's Great British Menu - isn't the only new face in the Bake Off tent, with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding taking over presenting duties.


Paul will, however, be joined by a familiar face in Jo Brand, who is returning to front companion show An Extra Slice.

Filming of Bake Off's eighth run is due to conclude in July, before it hits our screens on Channel 4 later this year.

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