Channel 4's Great British Bake Off faces claims of backstage tension

New judge Prue Leith allegedly 'can't stand' Paul Hollywood - but broadcaster insists the story is false

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The Great British Bake Off is facing fresh drama, with a report claiming that the judges and hosts on the new Channel 4 series have failed to hit it off backstage.

The BBC's version of Bake Off was known for the chemistry between judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and hosts Mel and Sue.


Not only did the foursome click in the famous tent, they're also thought to be close friends in real life.

Paul jumped ship with the show to Channel 4, and has publicly praised his new co-judge Prue Leith - even calling her the 'living person he most admires' in a recent interview.

However, a fresh report claims that C4's new on-screen team is secretly at loggerheads.

According to The Sun, Prue has actually been clashing with Paul when the cameras aren't rolling.

The newspaper quotes a show insider as saying: "The feeling backstage has totally changed with the new line-up. Prue has told staff she can’t stand Paul.

"Mary put up with him but Prue is much feistier."


New presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are also said to be causing a stir.

Sandi allegedly prefers to spend her time knitting rather than getting to know the bakers. Meanwhile, Noel is apparently reluctant to try any of their bakes in case he gains weight.

"Paul, Prue, Sandi and Noel sit in their personal spaces backstage and don’t talk to each other," the mole continued.

"Sandi in particular spends most of the time knitting alone. Noel has been saying he doesn’t want to taste too many of the cakes because he’s worried about getting fat.

"And, worst of all, Sandi does not seem to have any interest in the contestants off screen."

In response to the story, a Channel 4 spokesperson denied that there's any tension between the foursome.


"The Great British Bake Off team get on brilliantly and together have all the ingredients for a show-stopping series," the rep insisted.

The show will return for its eighth run later this year.

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