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Prue Leith to earn three times more than Mary Berry on Bake Off - report

Prue Leith is apparently set to earn £200,000 for being a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it premieres on Channel 4.

New The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith is reportedly set to earn three times more than her predecessor Mary Berry.

The 77-year-old cooking veteran was revealed to be the favourite to join Paul Hollywood as judge on the programme once it moves over to Channel 4, however her role has yet to be confirmed.

But The Sun newspaper have alleged that if Prue does sign on the dotted line, she will earn a staggering £200,000 for the series - significantly more than the £70,000 Mary and Paul were getting per series when the show was on the BBC.

"Prue is a cooking legend and has a lot of respect in the food world," a source told the publication. "The BBC were really under-paying both Mary and Paul during their time on the show.

“Bake Off had a relatively low budget which didn’t increase even as its popularity went through the roof. That meant the stars were left on very low salaries in relation to the show’s huge success.

"Prue will be on a lot of money but it’s not an unexpected amount for one of the main faces on a show as big as Bake Off to be earning."

Prue is no stranger to television, having appeared as a judge on BBC show The Great British Menu among other programmes. She also ran a successful Michelin-starred restaurant and founded cookery school Leith's School of Food and Wine in 1975, before selling the business in 1993 and the eatery two years later. She then launched a cookery school in South Africa.

Mary previously said she believes Bake Off will be a success when it moves to Channel 4 later this year.

"The Great British Bake Off is going to Channel 4 and I'm sure it'll be very successful with Paul. Wait and see," she told The Sun.

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