Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding talk Channel 4 Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding have spoken about the latest series on The Jonathan Ross Show.

With the new series of The Great British Bake Off underway on Channel 4, returning judge Paul Hollywood and new co-host Noel Fielding joined Jonathan to discuss the latest antics in the tent.

On auditioning to join GBBO, alongside Sandi Toksvig, Noel said:

“I had to do a sort of little chemistry test with Sandi. We just knew immediately we loved each other – straight away. We made love immediately. And she’s a lesbian so it’s quite something. And I’m a lesbian so it was just ridiculous.”

Paul admitted the craze for Noel’s iconic series The Mighty Boosh passed him by, but says he is now a fan. He explained: “I sort of missed The Mighty Boosh. I’d heard of it, obviously. We met at a photo shoot just outside London and I went back and I watched a couple of The Mighty Boosh and actually I really loved it. It was one of those things, it did miss me. I was slightly too old for it. [Noel’s] cool. The funniest thing is my lad came to set, he’s been to all the Bake Offs, he was more excited about coming this year to meet Noel because Noel’s cool he said. That’s it, he’s cool.”

Paul said he’s been in touch with his former Bake Off co-star Mary Berry since the new series launched. He said:

“We’ve swapped texts and emails occasionally. 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.”

Of whether she’s commented on the show itself, Paul said: “Not directly, she just said Prue’s [new co-judge Prue Leith] brilliant, look after her. I said absolutely, course I will.” Noel admits he found announcing the baker that’s leaving the competition very uncomfortable. He explained:

“That’s absolutely excruciating that bit. It’s awful. You know what, that gap is just so the cameras can get shots of everyone’s faces, they’re not just literally leaving you hanging. But it feels like a lifetime. It’s awful. That gap is so long and you’re just looking at their little faces and you’re thinking I might just run away.

“[The gap feels] about a month and a half sometimes […] it’s difficult, Sandi gets quite upset. I’m quite cold inside. I’m already dead, so there’s only a certain amount of emotion I can spew out.”

Teasing more GBBO, Paul said: “We’re doing a couple of specials at the moment, which is great fun.” And of knowing the winner already, and having to keep it a secret, Noel said: “Yes, it’s horrible. I have to gaffer tape my head shut […] I always almost just want to blurt it out!”

But Paul’s not dishing, even to his closest family. He admitted: “My mother phones me up and says, ‘Come on, tell me!’ and I say, ‘No, I’m not going to tell you’.” As Jonathan tried to tease it out of him, Paul insisted: “Come on, my own mother doesn’t know!”

Of what’s still to come in the series, Paul teased: “I think actually the final this year was the best tasting final we’ve ever had. It is amazing. We all got emotional.” Noel added: “We did. We sailed away on a sea of tears, like The Owl and the Pussycat.”

Ofcom are currently investigating The Great British Bake Off after presenter Noel Fielding was shown emerging from a large American style fridge. The TV regulator received at least 28 complaints regarding the Channel 4 screened episode on Tuesday, September 12th, after viewers raised concerns about safety, especially of young children who may try and copy what they see on TV. Recently Katie Price was ticked off by social media users for putting one of her children inside a washing machine as part of a celebrity endorsement promo.

The Jonathan Ross Show airs 9.15pm on ITV, STV and UTV on Saturday nights.

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