Paul Hollywood gives the gossip on Great British Bake Off's channel move

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Paul Hollywood has given al the gossip on Great British Bake Off's move to Channel 4.

In his first exclusive interview since the new Great British Bake Off line-up was announced, Paul Hollywood joined the Loose Women panel yesterday.

Speaking of Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig taking over as hosts, alongside new judge Prue Leith, he said: “I’m really excited to be honest. I’m really excited, I mean really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off. When I heard the names read out, I was the same as everybody else, I was really excited.”

Of whether he was consulted: “No. Why?

“I did know about Prue. But I didn’t know about the others at all. But it’s perfect. I’m really, really excited.”

Of whether they’ve spent any time together yet, Paul revealed: “We’re about to [meet up]. It’s got to be kept so quiet. It’s going to be on the moon somewhere…!”

He added: “At the end of the day, most people are in the dark, it’s kept very quiet for obvious reasons.”

Musing on the new line-up, he continued: “I think the whole dynamic of it, when I sat down and thought about it, I’m a big fan of Noel as well and Sandi actually and Prue. Prue, obviously she’s got this huge professional background, working in London for years. I’ve got nothing but respect for Prue.

He confessed: “We’ve actually met and had a chat, there’s something there. In fact, she reminds me so much of my mother-in-law, in a fantastic way. I think we’re going to get on like a house on fire.”

Of whether he and Mary discussed his decision to stay with the show he said: “We did talk during it and I’ve said before, Mary said ‘If I was in your shoes I would have done exactly the same thing’. I’m at a different stage to Mary. I just couldn’t let go of that job because they’re just great people.”

And finally on when GBBO returns to screens, Paul would only say “soon”.

Loose Women airs at 12:30PM week days on ITV.

Bake Off will air later this year on Channel 4.

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