Great Britain’s Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has revealed he was “called by every name under the sun” when the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4.
In 2017 Love Productions, the creators of GBBO, sold the show to Channel 4 – but that came at a price for Hollywood.
“Oh, I’ve been called by every name under the sun,” he said The temperatureadding: “It was so awful, I really cried.”
Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have all decided not to appear on the show in the future.
They were later replaced by Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, but Paul moved on to the new version.
The jump reportedly promised to double his initial salary, which he claims was paid for seven years on the BBC original – but that has angered some people.
“No one wants to be portrayed as the villain of pantomime, especially when I was sticking to a job I loved.
“But you can’t argue,” Hollywood said, before revealing, “David Walliams actually pulled me aside and said, ‘Man, it’s just a game. Enjoy it. You’re click bait, basically.”
Hollywood said the comments were hurtful, but he “developed thick skin” after a while and learned to ignore the comments.
He added, “It hurt me. After a while, though, I got hard. I just thought, ‘OK, I’ll be your bad guy’.”
Meanwhile, Judge GBBO is set to reunite with Prue for the American version of the show – The Great American Baking Show.
Hollywood was a regular guest during his three years alongside co-judges Marcela Valladolid and pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.
But now Leith will join the cast in America for the very first time.
The Great British Bake Off is available to watch on All 4.
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