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Paul Hollywood defends following Bake Off to Channel 4

Paul Hollywood has staunchly defended his decision of following Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 after the show was bought off BBC.

The 51-year-old chef spoke on Loose Women on Monday about his move, which saw fans brand him a ‘traitor’ after co-judge Mary Berry alongside presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins turned their back on the rebooted show.

Last week, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig were announced as the new front people of the show while Prue Leith will be Paul’s fellow judge – in a move the TV star branded ‘perfect and exciting’.

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Candid: Paul Hollywood has staunchly defended his decision of following Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 after the show was bought off BBC

Paul appeared on the ITV panel show to discuss the huge news which has led to widespread shock among GBBO fans, although he insists he does not understand the fuss when ‘there’s some bad stuff going on on the planet’.

The Liverpudlian explained that he couldn’t understand why people were so outraged he’d chosen to stay on the programme because he loves it so much so he never felt walking away was an option.

He said: ‘They were loyal in their arenas of what they want to do. I’m a different stage of my career and it’s my job, I love doing ‘Bake Off’…

‘When it moved channels, my job was always there and I didn’t want to lose it. They gave me a shot seven years ago, why would I let it go. Mary said: “If I was in your shoes I’d have done the same thing.”‘

That was then: The 51-year-old chef spoke on Loose Women on Monday about his move, which saw fans brand him a 'traitor' after co-judge Mary Berry alongside presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins turned their back on the rebooted

That was then: The 51-year-old chef spoke on Loose Women on Monday about his move, which saw fans brand him a ‘traitor’ after co-judge Mary Berry alongside presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins turned their back on the rebooted

Perfect: Paul is happy with the choice to hire Noel

Perfect: Paul is happy with the choice to hire Noel

Of the new arrivals, he explained: ‘I’m really excited. Obviously it’s a big thing for the country, the Bake Off, and when I heard the names read out, I was really excited.”

‘I think the whole dynamics of it, when I sat down and thought about it, because I’m a big fan of Noel, and Sandi actually.

‘I did know about Prue but I didn’t know about the others at all but its perfect, I’m really, really excited. At the end of the day, most people were in the dark, it’s kept very quiet for obvious reasons.’

Paul also expanded on his joy at the hiring of Prue: ‘Obviously she’s got this huge professional background and I’ve got nothing but respect for her, I’m really looking forward to it.

Pals: 'I did know about Prue but I didn’t know about the others at all but its perfect, I'm really, really excited. At the end of the day, most people were in the dark, it's kept very quiet for obvious reasons'

Pals: ‘I did know about Prue but I didn’t know about the others at all but its perfect, I’m really, really excited. At the end of the day, most people were in the dark, it’s kept very quiet for obvious reasons’

Chatting away: In September when the Channel 4 move was announced, he stated: ‘Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories’

‘We’ve met and had a chat, there’s something there, she reminds me of my mother-in-law in a fantastic way, and I think we’ll get on great.’

In September when the Channel 4 move was announced, he stated: ‘Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories.

‘Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.

Worked it out: ‘Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf’

Great times:'The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we've seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other'

Great times:’The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other’

‘The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other.

‘It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.

‘So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.’

That was then: 'So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding'

That was then: ‘So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding’

Opening up: 'It's been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn't turn my back on all that - the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels'

Opening up: ‘It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels’

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