Prue Leith 'to replace Mary Berry' on Great British Bake Off

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The Great British Bake Off has been without one of its judges since Berry, 81, confirmed she would not be following the show to its new home.

Prue Leith is reportedly set to replace Mary Berry as a judge on Channel 4's new incarnation of The Great British Bake Off.

A source said: "Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over". And even then it took Mary a few years to become established as a national treasure.

In her former role as BBC1 Controller, Ms Hunt lost an ageism court case brought by Miriam O'Reilly, the former Countryfile presenter, after she was axed from the revamped show.

You might have seen her on TV before.

"Mary Berry and those other older women who have been allowed on screen have proven that".

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From the age of five until she was 17, Leith attended St Mary's School, Waverley, which is an English independent private boarding school for girls in Johannesburg run by Anglican nuns.

GBBO, which will controversially move to Channel 4 later this year, has been looking for a co-judge for Paul Hollywood since Berry made a decision to remain with the BBC.

As well as changing channels, judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be leaving the Great British Bake Off on Channel 4.

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 says: 'We'll be announcing the line-up in due course'.

Kevin O'Sullivan told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Leith "really knows her stuff - if anything her pedigree is better still than Mary's". "I was more concerned about Brangelina".

With everything she touches turning to gold, she founded Leiths School of Food and Wine in 1975, which trains professional chefs and amateur cooks - and the group reached a turnover of £15m ($18.7m) in 1993 when she sold all but the restaurant which she later sold in 1995.

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