Mel Giedroyc reveals true feelings for Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood: “We had seven years together”

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Last year, it was revealed that Channel 4 had bought the rights to The Great British Bake Off – and that Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry, and Sue Perkins to dramatically quit the show as an act of loyalty to the Beeb.

Paul Hollywood, however, decided to stay on as a judge – and, in doing so, marked himself as ‘disloyal’. It wasn’t long before he became the scapegoat for incensed GBBO fans everywhere, with many labelling him a villain and a traitor.

However Mel, for one, doesn’t have a single bad word to say about her former co-star.

Sitting down to chat on ITV’s Lorraine, the comedian and television presenter was quick to defend Paul from the recent backlash – and dismissed claims of a feud between him, herself, and professional partner Sue.

“I love the guy, genuinely,” she said. “He's a pal and he's a friend.”


Hinting that she is sick of all the drama surrounding #Breadxit, Mel added: “I just don't want any kind of bad feelings or bad vibes.

“We had seven years together, and they were seven really, really fun, good years. So all good."

She’s not the only one to speak up on Paul’s behalf; Mary had her say about the whole affair whilst treading the red carpet at the National Television Awards last year. And, as we’ve come to expect from the octogenarian, she spoke with nothing but grace and dignity.

“[The Channel 4 version] is going to be different, but I am sure Paul will carry it on successfully,” she said.

The 81-year-old then told The Sun: "The Great British Bake Off is going to Channel 4 and I'm sure it will be very successful with Paul. Wait and see. Mel and Sue are brilliant and we had a marvellous time on the programme and that's how it will remain…

“It's a family programme. Mum, gran, everyone enjoys it and they all get down to baking afterwards. I'm proud of everyone. It gets 14million (viewers) – more than the football!"


Paul, meanwhile, has also done his best to reassure fans that there is no bad blood between him and his former co-stars.

In fact, he still hangs out with his good pal Mary. Like, all the time.

“I’ve known Mary for 12 years and I’ll always be mates with her,” he told guests at the BBC Good Food Show in Belfast.

“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.”

Channel 4’s version of Bake Off is expected to air later this year.

However, for all those worrying about the next chapter, don’t; the Beeb has since hinted that the GBBO women are set to team up with show winner Hussain for a project of their own.

Director of Content Charlotte Moore said: “There will be more news on what Mary Berry, Mel and Sue and Nadiya are doing next.

“Watch this space – some exciting news to come.”


Mel, for her part, has done nothing to dispel these rumours.

When asked directly if she will be working on a new show with her fellow #girlpower Bake Off personalities, she refused to give a proper answer.

“Who knows?” she teased. “Stranger things have happened.”


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.