Great British Bake Off 2018: Mel Giedroyc makes blunt confession about Channel 4 reboot

Great British Bake Off began its life on the BBC and quickly became an institution with comedy duo Mel and Sue Perkins as presenters.

The show’s judges completed the team with national treasure Mary Berry and celebrity baker Paul Hollywood.

Yet when the series was bought by Channel 4 in an auction two years ago things rapidly changed.

Mel and Sue jumped ship together, and were quickly followed by Mary, all claiming their loyalties lay with the BBC.

Paul insisted he loved his job too much to give it up, and was later joined by comedians Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and South African chef Prue Leith for the series’ reboot last year.

In scenes set to air on Saturday’s edition of the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, Mel admitted she hasn’t kept up with the show and her old colleague Paul.

Asked whether she was tuning in to the latest series, which features early favourites Manon Lagreve and Rahul Mandal, she said: “No I haven’t [watched it]. I feel bad!”

“Not at all!” the host then confessed, addressing whether she regretted leaving the hugely-popular ratings monster.

Mel, 50, has previously said her decision to quit the Great British Bake Off was so easy it only took her “three seconds”, after being told it would no longer air on the BBC.

Despite this, it’s been bittersweet for those that departed the show, and Mel in particular misses the cast and crew.

“I think there was no question where we were heading,” she told Press Association last year. “But I miss the gang… we were like a big family.

“All the camera guys, the sound guys, home economists behind the scenes, so knowing a lot of them are there filming as we speak, it feels kind of strange.”

Saturday’s Jonathan Ross will also see Mel talk honestly about her age and choices going forward towards the next phase of her life.

“I don’t like it when people lie about their age,” she stated. “I think if you’re 50 you just ruddy say it. I am 50.”

The Light Lunch host continued: “I’ve had a really brilliant idea, it came to me the other week… We are all getting older, I’m going to get all of my friends to join in a commune.

“We’re going to sell our properties, live in a commune, hire some very hot carers and then all see each other out in a commune.

“Wouldn’t that be fun!… It’s like shuffling off your mortal coil. Dying. To see each other out in your older years…

“Jonathan, you are very much warmly invited as well… It’s the way forward. I’m talking about twenty years time,” she added with a giggle.

The Jonathan Ross Show airs on Saturday at 9.15pm on ITV, and Great British Bake Off continutes tonight at 8pm on Channel 4. 

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