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Bake Off fans, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood could reunite for new baking show

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Yup, you read that right; Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood could be back together on our screens very, very soon.



The 81-year-old ‘Queen of Cakes’ and the 50-year-old chef are apparently gearing up to reignite their “on-screen chemistry” in a new series of The Great American Baking Show, following Mary’s success on the ABC programme..

Speaking about plans to continue the series with the addition of Paul, a source told The Sun: “The Great American Baking Show did really well in the ratings – and execs love the British accent.

“They may want to get the pair back together for their on-screen chemistry.”

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It is believed that, if Paul and Mary do appear together in the US show, a number of UK broadcasters will be desperate to air The Great American Baking Show themselves.

“There would also be a lot of interest here and a UK channel would probably show it for the first time,” said the source.

No kidding.



Whether they reunite on screen or not, it seems safe to say that Mary and Paul’s relationship remains as strong as ever.

She has wished her former colleague well with his future on Channel 4’s Bake Off – and, more importantly, the pair still hang out. Like, all the time.

Speaking to fans and amateur chefs at the BBC Good Food Show in Belfast, Paul said: “I’ve known Mary for 12 years and I’ll always be mates with her.

“In fact, she phoned me up yesterday saying, ‘Where are you?’ because normally I pop in to see her and I haven’t seen her in a couple of weeks.”

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All good news, as we’re sure loyal fans of GBBO will agree.

After all, when we first learned that The Great British Bake Off was moving from its home on BBC One to Channel 4, we were miserable, we feared that Mary and Paul’s split would be irreparable. With Mary making a point about remaining ‘loyal’ to the Beeb, it seemed as if Paul was, by default, disloyal – and he quickly became the scapegoat for incensed GBBO fans across the country.

“I haven’t murdered anyone,” he told The Times, “but the Yorkshire Ripper got less press than I did.

“Mary will never be a villain. I will always be a villain.”



Thankfully, as it turns out, our favourite baking duo are still great pals – and Paul recently revealed that he even sought Mary’s blessing before signing his new contract with Channel 4.

“I spoke to Mary Berry about it all the way through,” he said, according to The Express, when asked how he had made his choice to ‘follow the dough’ to Channel 4.

“And she said 'I would go too if I was your age’.”

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Mary wasn’t the only one to quit GBBO; presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also confirmed that they would not be returning when the show switches channels later this year.

“We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was... we’re not going with the dough,” the pair said in a statement to BBC News.

“We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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