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Jamie Oliver weighs in on Bake Off's Channel 4 move

Jamie Oliver would love to be invited to make a guest appearance on The Great British Bake Off because it would give him "massive cred" with his kids.

Jamie Oliver has weighed in on the scandal surrounding The Great British Bake Off's move from the BBC to Channel 4.

The 41-year-old celebrity chef owes a lot to the BBC, as he was discovered by the network while working as a pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio's Neal Street restaurant. He then launched his debut TV show The Naked Chef on the BBC in 1999 and went on to become one of the most recognisable faces in the food industry.

One scandal to have swept the television world in recent weeks is the news that much-loved BBC show Bake Off is making a move to Channel 4 from next year (17), after the production company signed a new multi-million pound, three-year deal.

Fans have been up in arms about the move, especially after current presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc revealed they will not be moving with the show, but Jamie has faith the programme won't lose any of its appeal.

"I love the BBC and I’m very proud of it, and I came from the BBC," Jamie said during an interview with BBC's Radio 5 Live on Wednesday (21Sep16). "I think that sometimes in life, things are best born in certain places and that doesn’t necessarily mean that the long term running of it is necessarily with the same people. So I mean, let’s hope they don’t mess it up. My instinct is that it’s worth too much.

"Let’s also remember that most of the people at Channel 4 have spent probably more of their career at the BBC than Channel 4. It’s a very incestuous industry and you have to remember that the production company is also owned by Sky, so it could have gone to Sky as an internal deal and it didn’t - so I think it will be good."

It is currently unknown whether Channel 4 will attempt to change the format of the show when it moves. However, if they do alter it to include appearances from famous faces, father-of-five Jamie would be up for the opportunity.

"If my diary was free I’d definitely give it a little look," he smiled. "But not as a regular contributor - I would happily go on as a kind of one off. And I would get massive cred for that from my kids."

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