Be Berry nice to Prue says telly pal Mary

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - 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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