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Jamie Oliver dismisses Great British Bake Off role speculation

Published 17/09/2016

Jamie Oliver insisted he would have his hands full with his own projects
Jamie Oliver insisted he would have his hands full with his own projects

Jamie Oliver has dismissed claims he will join The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4.

The celebrity chef was quoted as telling a magazine he would "love to be a judge", just days before the news of the show leaving the BBC broke.

Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they will not host the show when it leaves the BBC.

Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who have both been on the programme since it began in 2010, are yet to confirm their plans.

Oliver told The Telegraph: "As much as I would get massive cred from my kids for having any kinda role, I've totally got my hands full even if I was asked, which I haven't been.

"I'm sure they'll pick the new hosts wisely - I'm just as keen to see who they are as you are!"

The BBC announced it would be losing the show as it was unable to afford it, saying in a statement they were "a considerable distance apart on the money" with the show's producers.

The corporation is believed to have offered Love Productions, the producers of the popular baking programme, £15 million per year to keep the show, BBC News reported.

Further reports said this amount was around £10 million short of what they would need to retain the popular BBC One show.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4's chief creative officer, promised fans of the show that Bake Off will have a ''safe home'' on the channel, despite an outpouring of complaints from viewers.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ms Hunt said: ''Great British Bake Off will have a safe home. The show of soggy bottoms and good crumb will be made by exactly the same team who have always made it.

''We love it just as it is. And for an amateur baker like me, that's a real cause for celebration.''

Speculation about celebrities who could join the show has been rife with people such as J o Brand, actress Jennifer Saunders and former Big Brother host Davina McCall all being named.

This week's show saw 37-year-old nurse Kate Barmby ejected from the tent in batter week.

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