Paul Hollywood: Great British Bake Off to continue for 40 years
Paul Hollywood believes the 'Great British Bake Off' has potential to continue for another 40 years on screen.
The kitchen legend is convinced the popular show still has a while left in it yet and thinks his co-star Mary Berry will still be judging the cooking series when she's aged 124.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said of his 81-year-old co-judge: "Look at how long 'Masterchef's been running - 20-odd years? Mary's mother came on to the set on the first series. She was 104. So you live 20 years after your parents, so Mary'll be 124. We've a few years yet."
The programme is gearing up to return to screens later this year for another series and the 50-year-old chef thinks the show works so well because he and Mary have conflicting views and different tactics when it comes to dishing advice.
He explained: "I just tell it how it is. If Mary says something informal it really means it's a catastrophic mess."
Meanwhile, it's believed the BBC could potentially lose 'GBBO' to another channel when its three-year deal with makers Love Productions runs out later this year after ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all expressed an interest in the hit show.
A source said recently: "It's no surprise all the broadcasters want a chance at landing 'Bake Off'. It really would be a fantastic fit for Channel 4. But if you were Sky or ITV why wouldn't you want the most-watched show on telly?"
However, if 'GBBO' is poached, it will have to remain off air until 2018, due to a clause in the BBC's contract.