Mary Berry's Great British Bake Off replacement revealed? Prue Leith tipped to takeover

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Channel 4 has reportedly decided on a replacement for Mary Berry for the Great British Bake Off 2017.

Mary quit the former BBC One show last year when it was revealed it would be moving channels.

Although no official news about her replacement has been announced, Prue Leith has been tipped to take over.

The 76-year-old restaurateur has already appeared on similar programmes, including alongside Mary on the BBC's Great British Menu.

And according to The Sun newspaper, Prue's set to scoop £200,000 for her role - almost three times as much as Mary was getting on the show.

"Prue is a cooking legend and has a lot of respect in the food world," a source said this week. “The BBC were really under-paying both Mary and Paul during their time on the show."

The insider added to The Sun newspaper: “Bake Off had a relatively low budget which didn’t increase even as its popularity went through the roof. That meant the stars were left on very low salaries in relation to the show’s huge success.

“Prue will be on a lot of money but it’s not an unexpected amount for one of the main faces on a show as big as Bake Off to be earning.”

Prue was first linked to the new series last month.

“Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge. But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes," a source said at the time.

As well as changing channels and seeing Mary Berry go, hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will also be leaving the Great British Bake Off on Channel 4, with no replacements yet confirmed.

Paul Hollywood - who is rumoured to be getting £400,000 for his time - will return with the first Channel series of the Great British Bake Off expected to air in 2017

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