Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were a Great British Bake Off staple over the seven series of the hit baking show made for the BBC, but the comedy duo say things could have been very different.
The pair have revealed for the first time that they quit the show after the first day of filming because of concerns that producers were being too intrusive when questioning contestants.
'We resigned basically,' they said in a new interview with the Radio Times. 'Because it was not a kind show. They were pointing cameras in the bakers' faces and making them cry and saying, "Tell us about your dead gran."'
They went on to say that they had 'very stiff words about how we wanted to proceed'. TV bosses then toned things down with the presenters' help to create the gentle and lighthearted show we know and love.
It's the first time Mel and Sue have shared this information publicly. In fact Perkins questioned whether she could make the admission in the interview, saying 'I think we can say that, now we're out of it, can't we?'
The pair were integral to the show's early success, with fans loving their innuendo-packed presenting style. But when it came to moving to Channel 4 in 2017, they decided it was time to walk away, saying 'we're not going with the dough'.
Noel Fielding and Sandy Toksvig took over, with Prue Leith taking Mary Berry's place as a judge alongside Paul Hollywood.
It's all change again this year as Toksvig announced she'd be stepping away from the Bake Off tent. She'll be replaced by comedian Matt Lucas.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer continues tonight (Tuesday, March 17) at 8pm on Channel 4.
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