Nadiya Hussain: 'I've had NO offer from Channel 4 to judge Great British Bake Off'

Published Thursday, Sep 29 2016, 09:13 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Nadiya Hussain has finally responded to those Great British Bake Off rumours doing the rounds, and she revealed Channel 4 have not made her an offer to become a judge on the show.

We're pretty sure you are all now well aware that the Bake Off is switching channels and will air on Channel 4 from 2018. Its future move has already seen a number of changes to the show as hosts Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins decided to quit Bake Off, along with judge Mary Berry.

Since then, Nadiya's name has been in the running for her to become a potential judge when Bake Off hits Channel 4, but she admits so far, it's all rumours.

Nadiya Hussain outside ITV Studios, London
August 2016

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Speaking to BBC, Nadiya revealed she has NOT been made an offer by Channel 4.

Nadiya, who won Bake Off in 2015, also shared her thoughts on the show's channel move and has said she hopes it will do well, wherever it goes. Nadiya added: "It's old news. Change happens, change comes. Wherever [the show] goes, I just want it to do well. Whatever happens, wherever it goes."

Although, just because Channel 4 haven't yet made a move to snap up Nadiya as a judge, it doesn't mean she wouldn't be open to the idea.

In an interview with Absolute radio, Nadiya revealed she would fill the shoes of Mary Berry on the Bake Off, but on one condition: Mary and Paul have to compete.

She joked: "I'll judge it if Paul and Mary come back as contestants. We'd have to end the show with two winners and just let them have it."

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood on Great British Bake Off
28 September

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As much as we would love to see Mary and Paul going head-to-head in the tent of dreams, we don't think that'll happen.

Paul has already confirmed he is staying with Bake Off and has signed a three year deal with Channel 4 to continue judging the competition. He stated that he "couldn't just turn his back" on the show and is "delighted" to be carrying on as judge.

Paul added on Twitter that he will miss Mary, saying: "She made the right decision for her."

Mary's choice to leave the show was out of loyalty to the BBC. In a statement, Mary said: "My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.

"I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms."

It was confirmed at the start of September that BBC had lost its Great British Bake Off rights to Channel 4 after failing to match the financial wishes of its production company Love.

Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal with Love Productions, and the show will kick off next year with a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

GBBO's current series airs Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One.

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