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Bake Off judge Prue Leith admits she 'enjoys the attention' she receives from fans

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Great British Bake Off Judge Prue Leith has admitted she’s an ‘egotist’ who enjoys the ‘attention’ she get from her fans. 

The restaurateur, 80, who lives in the Cotswolds and has presented the popular baking show for three years, confessed that she likes it when her fans approach her asking for selfies with them. 

Speaking to the Telegraph, she insisted that while she values her ability to go about her day-to-day life undisturbed, she feels that the show has given her the ‘right degree of fame’. 

Great British Bake Off Judge Prue Leith (pictured)  has admitted she’s an ‘egotist’ who enjoys the ‘attention’ she get from her fans

The restaurateur, 80, has presented the popular baking show with Paul Hollywood (left)  for three years, confessed that she likes it when her fans approach her asking for selfies with them 

She said: ‘I think I have the right degree of fame. I would hate it if I couldn’t go to the supermarket but I like it when people want selfies.

‘I’m such an egotist, I enjoy all the attention’.  

Prue went on to say she’s looking forward stepping back into the Bake Off tent later this year, though it’s not yet clear who exactly she’ll be working with – following Sandi Toksvig’s shock announcement she was leaving the show. 

The comedian, 61, who hosted the programme alongside Noel Fielding, revealed last month that she wants to leave the Bake Off tent to focus on other work projects. 

Prue explained that she and her co-stars are ‘holding tight’ for the time being, but insisted that the new addition to the team won’t be anyone Noel, 46, ‘doesn’t approve of’. 

Remaining Great British Bake Off stars Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith have delighted fans by promising to stay until at least 2023, following Sandi Toksvig’s departure. Pictured clockwise from left: Hollywood, Toksvig, Fielding and Leith

Toksvig said in a statement that ‘spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life’

‘Everybody is holding on tight because Sandi was so wonderful,’ said Prue, ‘All I know is it won’t be anyone Noel doesn’t approve of.’ 

Despite sadness at her departure from her co-stars, remaining trio Prue, Noel and Paul Hollywood will stay for another three years at least, Channel 4 have said. 

Chef Leith previously said she wanted to stay until she equaled Mary Berry’s stint of seven years. 

‘I want to equal Mary. She was on for seven years. I’ve got four more to go,’ she said in August.  

Prue explained that she and her co-stars are ‘holding tight’ for the time being, but insisted that the new addition to the team won’t be anyone Noel, 46, ‘doesn’t approve of’

She added: ‘By which time I’ll be 82, which is when she left.’  

Berry, 84, presented the show from when it started until it moved from the BBC to Channel 4.   

And judge Paul, 53, said he wanted to be a ‘grumpy old git’ on Bake Off. 

He said: ‘I think I’ll be getting wheeled on in a wheelchair and they’re going to have to blitz all the bakes and feed me with a spoon.’ 

News of the comebacks will delight fans of the show after Sandi announced her departure. 

She announced the news on Twitter, writing: ‘When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family.

But despite sadness at her departure from her co-stars, remaining trio Fielding, Leith and Hollywood will stay for another three years at least, Channel 4 said

Bake Off judge Leith tweeted: ‘I have absolutely loved working with Sandi, she’s been a brilliant host and enormous fun and I am in awe of how hard she works juggling so many different projects. We shall be lifelong friends’ way beyond the tent. #GBBO #sanditoksvig’

‘Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work. As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show.’

‘Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

‘Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.

‘The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well,’ she added. 

Prue lamented Sandi’s  departure, insisting that the pair will remain ‘lifelong friends’. 

Leith wrote on Twitter: ‘I have absolutely loved working with Sandi, she’s been a brilliant host and enormous fun and I am in awe of how hard she works juggling so many different projects. We shall be lifelong friends’.

Those tipped to replace Toksvig include comedians Jo Brand, 62, and Jennifer Saunders, 61, as well as plus 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain, 35. 

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