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judge Prue Leith ad­mit­ted tak­ing DRUGS when she first ap­peared on TV.

Prue, 77, is on the panel for the re­vamped The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, which will air on Chan­nel 4 later this month.

How­ever, she’s got a se­cret drugs past and used to take am­phet­a­mines to get her through her tele­vi­sion gigs.

TV host and restau­ra­teur Prue’s first ap­pear­ance on­screen was in the 1970’s in two13-episode se­ries aimed at women at home.

But she took pills to get her through them. Ex­plain­ing how it GREAT BRI­TISH LINE-UP: Paul, Sandi, Noel and Prue started she said: “The floor man­ager could see I wasn’t en­joy­ing it and said ‘why don’t you try this?’ and gave me a lit­tle pill.

“I didn’t know what it was but I would have tried any­thing. I took it and felt ter­rific.

“But af­ter­wards my brother said to me, ‘you were fine un­til the end when your eyes were rolling all over the place. What were you on?’”

The BBC con­tro­ver­sially sold their big bak­ery hit to Chan­nel 4 af­ter last year’s se­ries, re­ceiv­ing a whop­ping £75mil­lion.

Orig­i­nal hosts Mel Giedroyc, 49, and Sue Perkins, 47, didn’t jump ship and Mary Berry, 82, also re­fused to fol­low the tent to the ri­val chan­nel.

Paul Hol­ly­wood, 51, did stay with the show, though, and will be joined by Prue on the judg­ing panel with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Field­ing host­ing the show.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous hosts though, Noel has vowed to stay off the cake and says he won’t be eat­ing any culi­nary cre­ations. He said: “Sugar is a pow­er­ful thing. I get more work when I’m thin­ner. So I can’t put on weight. No one likes a tubby gut,”

But while Noel, 44, won’t be scoff­ing cake, at least he knows what the show’s all about – his co-host Sandi, 59, has never watched it and so was stumped when quizzed about the show.

When asked what her favourite episode of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off was, she said: “The one where they make cake? I don’t watch a lot of tele­vi­sion, I’m more of a reader.”

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