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Sue Perkins' Tibetan voyage made her doubt Bake Off future

Sue Perkins wishes Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off well, admitting "there's no point in rancour".

Sue Perkins' journey to Tibet led her to doubt her future hosting The Great British Bake Off.

The bespectacled comedienne presented the BBC programme alongside Mel Giedroyc for seven seasons before it was snapped up by Channel 4 last year (16).

The pair, along with judge Mary Berry, opted not to move with the show to its new home, but in a revealing new interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Sue admitted she had thought about leaving the show prior to it's relocation to Channel 4.

"There was one point where I did think, 'Can I do this forever?' which is when I had come back from my travels (filming The Mekong River with Sue Perkins)," Sue explained.

"Four days before I came into the Bake Off tent, I had been with the first family of the Mekong in Tibet. They had no electricity and no running water, and they would have yak butter and barley, and that's all they ate, and they would meditate and be in bed by six.

"And then four days later, I was in a tent where somebody was crying because they couldn't find the packet of marron glade. And I did think, 'How can I rationalise these two worlds?'"

The new Bake Off will be premiering on Channel 4 later this year (17), with the programme's only original cast member, judge Paul Hollywood, joined by Prue Leith and presenting duo Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

Of the reinvented Bake Off, Sue insisted she has no hard feelings about how things went down, admitting: "I miss it, and I also wish it well. There's no point in rancour."

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