Prue Leith: Bake Off judge speaks out on co-stars ‘None of us would naturally be friends’

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The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 80, has opened up about being “thrown together” with her co-stars from the Channel 4 show and how their relationships have progressed since. The chef, who stepped in to replace Mary Berry, 85, on the programme in 2016, candidly explained that she and her fellow Bake Off stars would not “naturally be friends” away from the show.

In spite of her admission, Prue insisted she “can’t wait” to resume filming for Bake Off after the coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking to this week’s Radio Times, the television personality divulged: “I can’t wait for us to start again, though I don’t know when that’s going to be. 

“I love it. None of us would naturally be friends if we hadn’t been thrown together.”

Prue went on to say she is grateful for her friendship with fellow Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood, 54, as he has taught her a lot about working in television.

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She continued: “I’ve learnt about television from Paul. He has this amazing ability to say nothing and just look at the camera. 

“When he holds a pause while somebody is waiting for a handshake or a b*****king, I’ll think, ‘Oh, Paul! Say something!’ And then he does. It’s masterly.”

Prue also revealed she has been making the most of learning new things during lockdown in an attempt to get on a level playing field with bread baking expert Paul.

She told the publication: “I’ve tried to teach myself some of the things Paul Hollywood can do and I can’t.”

A spokesperson for GBBO recently told that the 2020 series is set to go ahead in line with safety measures.

They said: “Filming will take place in line with approved production guidelines and the entire team, cast and crew, have agreed they will go into quarantine in due course in order to make the show safely. 

“We hope to start filming as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Elsewhere, Prue shared her thoughts about politics in May when she defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings after he travelled across the country to Durham to see his family in spite of lockdown restrictions.

Mr Cummings drove to his parents’ house with his son and wife, Mary, who was suffering from coronavirus symptoms at the time.

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The restaurateur called for some “kindness” after the politician faced a great deal of backlash for his decision.

Prue addressed the issue in view of her 45,000 followers by sharing a post from another Twitter user, which read: “Dom and Mary’s journey was necessary and therefore within rules.

“What’s also necessary is not attacking a man and his family for decisions taken at a time of great stress and worry, the fear of death and concern for a child.”

They concluded: “This isn’t a story for the normal political s**tkickery.”

Prue commented on the Twitter user’s post and agreed: “Well said.

Read the full interview in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

“How about a bit of kindness and tolerance?”

Prue faced some criticism for showing her support for Cummings, as one of her followers replied: “Children are being buried alone & ordinary people are going through hell to maintain lockdown under far worse circumstances than Cummings.”

Another commented: “Kindness & tolerance for who? Allowing the rich & influential to break the rules & be protected is the antithesis of decency.”

Prue has now spoken out about the controversy, admitting: “I got a pasting for that.

“I just think people should be a little kinder.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

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