Paul Hollywood has revealed that while he and Mary Berry are still on good terms after splitting up the Bake Off partnership, she still hasn’t told him what she thinks of the new series on C4.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, he said that he and Mary were indeed in touch, and had spoken since the series debuted late last month – but hadn’t actually discussed it.
‘We’ve swapped texts and emails occasionally,’ he explained.
‘We were meant to meet, I was at Chatsworth a couple of weeks ago doing a demonstration, Mary was doing, I think the Saturday or the Sunday, and I was doing the day before and we just missed each other by about half an hour. We do sort of text and email each other.’
But when asked what she thought of the show, Paul said she hadn’t talked about it.
‘Not directly, she just said Prue’s [new co-judge Prue Leith] brilliant, look after her,’ he admitted. ‘I said absolutely, course I will.’
The series has proven popular with both critics and viewers since it began on Channel 4 in August, with Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding joining as presenters – and some seriously impressive bakes, including a Bread Week which Hollywood claims was ‘the best we’ve ever had’.
And he hinted that things are potentially going to get even better as the series reaches its end.
‘I think actually the final this year was the best tasting final we’ve ever had. It is amazing. We all got emotional,’ he explained.
The Great British Bake off continues on Channel 4 on Tuesday night at 8pm with its first ever Caramel Week.