Jamie Oliver clears up Bake Off rumours: "I haven't got time to do it!"

Published Tuesday, Sep 20 2016, 12:35 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
His apparent interest in hosting Great British Bake Off went viral last week but Jamie Oliver has now insisted he's got no time to take over from Mel and Sue as host.

It was a mad week of Bake Off news as first came confirmation the show is moving from BBC One to Channel 4 next year, then Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they had quit as co-presenters!

'This Morning' TV show, London, UK - 20 Sep 2016
Jamie Oliver

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Jamie, 41, was then suggested as a new host of the show after he admitted in an interview to being a massive fan and watching each week with his family.

But speaking on ITV's This Morning, the celebrity chef insisted he has no idea why he's been linked to the series and he's definitely not in the running for it.

"Interesting. It went massive didn't it? I didn't know anything about it, and I haven't been asked to do any kind of work on it," he said on Tuesday (20 September).

"I haven't got the time to do it, so I couldn't do it if I wanted to do it. I mean, I would get massive credibility [at home] if I was on the Bake Off, massive. The kids would be like 'finally dad, you're doing something useful with your life!'"

Great British Bake Off: Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
7 September

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Mel and Sue have quit the show.

Jamie added he'll be interested to see what happens next with Bake Off but reckons it will do just fine under Channel 4's direction.

"I think actually, it's in good hands, I'm sure something good will happen with it. People are clearly very protective over it… and it's a show that I sit down [and watch] with my whole family."

That family includes newest arrival River, who is the fifth child in the Oliver clan. "He is the most beautiful little boy," said Jamie. "And he's really good. He sleeps a lot and Mum is in love and she's really happy."

He then joked: "I think we are done… I need to be taken to a vet and I need to be spaded! Is that the right word?!.. Oh, spay! I think we're done, I really do. I mean travel, moving, holidays, sleep… this is all stuff that gets more colourful."

Jamie Oliver shares picture of son River - uploaded 23 Aug 2016

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Jamie's wife Jools gave birth to their fifth child, son River, in August.

Meanwhile, there's still no word on whether Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will follow the show to Channel 4 next year or who will take over from Mel and Sue as hosts.

They announced their departure via a statement which read: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

"The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak. 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."

Channel 4 scooped the show after BBC failed to match the producers' financial wishes. It had aired on BBC since its first year (starting on BBC Two before moving to BBC One) but sources have said BBC failed to match the £25 million minimum that Love Productions wanted for the show.

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