BBC, Love Productions row AGAIN over Great British Bake Off Comic Relief special

Love says it wanted to make celebrity edition - but Beeb says it REFUSED

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ANOTHER Great British Bake Off row has erupted between the BBC and Love Productions over the Comic Relief celebrity special.

The relationship between the broadcaster and the production company has deteriorated in recent months. Reports suggest that Love bosses accused the Beeb of ripping off their format for two of its own shows.

The breakdown led to the BBC losing Bake Off, with Channel 4 set to become its new home next year.

Now the two sides have disagreed again over whether one last Comic Relief celebrity edition could have been made.

Love told Digital Spy it had "always been keen" to keep Bake Off at the BBC.

The company's spokesperson said: "We had been trying to engage the BBC in negotiations for more than a year.

"By the time the BBC meaningfully engaged in those negotiations, it was already too late for Love to produce the series for Comic Relief Bake Off in time to air in Spring 2017. This was just one of the contributory factors behind the breakdown of negotiations with the BBC."

However, the BBC hit back, claiming Love point blank refused to make such a special.

A Beeb insider responded: "It is preposterous nonsense and nothing more than a half-baked accusation to suggest Love were willing to make a Comic Relief special when in fact they refused.

"It's since become very clear they never had any interest in continuing to make it for the BBC and they are moving to Channel 4. Love should be prepared to stand by their own decisions rather than seeking to blame others. We absolutely wanted to do another series of Comic Relief Bake Off and made that very clear to Love."

Love has begun work on a Bake Off celebrity special, although it will now be Channel 4's first run, supporting Stand Up To Cancer.

The BBC's last regular series ended this week, with Candice Brown being crowned champion.

The corporation has two Christmas specials lined up, although these were recorded before Bake Off's C4 move was announced.

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