Prue Leith has insisted there's no hard feelings between her and Mary Berry, as Prue looks set to take over Mary's role on 'The Great British Bake Off.'

Prue Leith

Prue Leith

The 77-year-old restaurateur is yet to put pen to paper on a deal to take over from the culinary queen on the baking competition later this year, but has said there's "no competition" between the pair as they've been friends for what feels like "a hundred years".

Prue said: "We started together and we've been friends for a hundred years. There wasn't really competition because she was doing much more telly than me for a long time. And then I was doing more telly than her and she was doing all the Aga stuff. Then I started doing 'The Great British Menu' and she started doing 'The Great British Bake Off' about five years later."

And Prue also let slip that Thomasina Miers, founder of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, and television chef Rachel Allen are the two people in the running to replace previous hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, but said nothing would be officially announced until bosses were happy with their on-screen chemistry.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I know what's happening, they're trying to cast Mel and Sue and they've got to make sure that we all gel. I don't know who is in the frame for definite but I'm pretty sure it's Thomasina Miers and Rachel Allen, who are both much younger than me, much better looking and much better bakers."

Previously, Channel 4 bosses said they would announce the completed line-up "in due course."

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "We will announce the line-up for the next series of The 'Great British Bake Off' in due course."

The 'Great British Bake Off' hit the headlines in September last year when it was announced that Love Productions - the makers of the series - had chosen to accept a three-year deal from Channel 4 after negotiations between them and the BBC broke down because they weren't willing to offer a large enough sum.

Within hours of the news breaking, Mel and Sue - who have fronted the programme since it first hit screens six years ago - revealed they had quit their roles as hosts in order to explore other ventures.

A few days later, Mary decided she too would step down as a judge on the show out of "loyalty" to the BBC, while her co-judge Paul, 50, caused a storm when he accepted Channel 4's offer to remain with the series.

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