Prue Leith ‘joins Paul Hollywood as a judge on US version of Bake Off’

Prue Leith is reportedly set to become a star stateside as she will join Paul Hollywood on the American version of The Great British Bake Off.

According to The Mirror, the cook, 81, will film six episodes of The Great American Baking Show and a celebrity special later this year.

The show has not aired in the US since January 2020 before the pandemic and it is now moving from ABC to streaming service The Roku Channel. 

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Prue Leith is reportedly set to become a star stateside as she will join Paul Hollywood on the American version of The Great British Bake Off

The move comes as a surprise as Prue previously said that Americans find the hugely popular series quaint and ‘can’t understand’ it.

Speaking on Loose Women, she said: ‘All their competition shows are aggressive and competitors diss each other and try to get ahead.

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‘They can’t understand that Bake Off, or The Baking Show, has no prize apart from winning.’

Paul has been a judge on the US version for the last three seasons along American chef Cherry Yard while Anthony Adams and Emma Bunton serve as hosts.

According to The Mirror, the cook, 81, will film six episodes of The Great American Baking Show and a celebrity special later this year

The American version is filmed in the UK in the British tent, with former head judge Mary Berry also previously appearing.

It comes after Prue branded cancel culture ‘ridiculous’ and ‘silly’, admitting she expects she’ll fall victim to the form of ostracism soon.

The TV judge also confessed she doesn’t plan to continue in her role on the Channel 4 reality show ‘for the long-haul’ due to being ‘so old’.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she admitted of the call-out craze: ‘Oh yeah, no I’m sure. It does sound like me. Being cancelled because I said something.’

Prue was recently slammed by eating disorder campaigners from charity Beat for joking about calories on Bake Off.

The show has not aired in the US since January 2020 before the pandemic and it is now moving from ABC to streaming service The Roku Channel

It had been noted by viewers that the food critic often questions, ‘Is it worth the calories?’ as she quips about the contestants’ sweet treats. 

She told MailOnline of the controversy: ‘Well I’ve had to stop doing it because everyone gets so upset and actually I think it’s all too ridiculous. But I think the world will stop being silly.

‘The really good charity called Beat which is something about eating disorders, they say it’s fat-shaming and it makes people feel guilty about themselves which is obviously not what I mean.

‘Of course you don’t want to offend people and, of course, it’s important that overweight don’t people feel like that so I’ve stopped doing that but if you have any sense of humour, you’ll know that I didn’t mean to be… I’ve got to be tactful.’

Show: Paul has been a judge on the US version of Bake Off for the last three seasons  

Prue joined the baking competition following its move from BBC One to Channel 4 in 2017, but has now stated that she doesn’t expect to stay for too long.

She said: ‘God, I’m so old, I don’t think I’ll be there for the long-haul but I’m very happy at the moment.

‘The wonderful thing about being in the food business is that two hours later you want to do it all over again.

‘It’s not something you get sick of, or grow out of, you don’t grow out of hunger.’ 

Opinion: The move comes as a surprise as Prue previously said that Americans find the hugely popular series quaint and ‘can’t understand’ it

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