Be Berry nice to Prue says telly pal Mary

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY EMMA BRANKIN

GREAT Bri­tish Bake Off star Paul Hol­ly­wood has re­vealed how for­mer co-star Mary Berry or­dered him to look after new judge Prue Leith. Mary, 82, gave the in­struc­tion after watch­ing her re­place­ment on Chan­nel 4. Paul, 51, told TV’S Jonathan Ross last night that he and Mary have stayed in touch even though she chose not to move to C4 after it snatched Bake Off from the BBC. He said on Ross’s chat show: “We have swapped texts and emails. She has not told me di­rectly what she thinks of the new show. She has just said ‘Prue is bril­liant. Look after her’. That is it. She is a class act. They both are.” Mary and Prue, 77, go back a long way and were pic­tured work­ing to­gether as long ago as 1974. Also on the chat show was Noel Field­ing, 44, who hosts Bake Off with Sandi Toksvig, 59. The quirky comic said of be­ing hired: “I was 549th on the list, a bit of a wild card. I got the call . . . I was in my cof­fin. I did not have much on and I like a quiche, so why not? “I had to do a lit­tle chem­istry test with Sandi Toksvig to see if we liked each other – and we did, straight away. We made love im­me­di­ately and she is a les­bian and I am a les­bian, so . . .”

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