Nadiya Hussain ends Great British Bake Off judge rumours by signing deal with BBC

Published Friday, Oct 14 2016, 16:22 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Nadiya Hussain has appeared to end speculation she could be a judge on the Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 by signing a deal with the BBC.

It has now been revealed that Nadiya has signed a deal with the BBC to make the channel her "home."

No further details have yet been given, but it's thought Nadiya will continue to work on The One Show as well as new programmes.

Nadiya Hussain on Great British Bake Off
30 September 2015

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In a statement, Nadiya claimed she "never thought" she would be snapped up by the broadcaster.

She said: "Since winning the Great British Bake Off I've been lucky to have had some amazing opportunities with the BBC. I believe that making it my home gives me the scope to work across such a unique range of diverse and interesting projects. I'm delighted to announce that I will continue making films for The One Show, as well as developing other exciting programme ideas."

Nadiya added: "I never thought this would happen, but it is and I have to admit, I'm going to embrace it."

The BBC, meanwhile, revealed more info surrounding Nadiya's new shows will be confirmed in the "near future."

News of Nadiya's deal with the BBC comes after she recently addressed rumours she could be a judge on the Great British Bake Off.

The baking competition is changing its home to Channel 4 as of next year, and following news of Mary Berry's departure, Nadiya found herself at the centre of speculation she could take Mary's place.

However, Nadiya has said "no offer" has been made to her by Channel 4.

The Great British Bake Off, BBC
October 2016

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While Mary Berry won't appear on Bake Off when it airs on Channel 4, Paul Hollywood will continue as judge.

He signed a three-year deal with Channel 4 and in a statement, Paul insisted he "couldn't just turn his back on the show." Mary had quit out of loyalty to the BBC and Paul responded to her exit on Twitter, telling fans: "I'm staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I'll miss her but she has made the right decision for her."

Like Mary, hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have also quit the show. They were first to hang up their Bake Off boots and explained in a statement: "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."

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 will begin airing the show from 2017, starting with a Stand Up To Cancer celebrity special.

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