GBBO: Paul Hollywood discusses rainbow bagels with Prue Leith
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Prue Leith is best known for being a judge on The Great British Bake Off, taking over from Mary Berry in 2017 after the show moved away from the BBC. Before this, she was a judge on Great British Menu for a decade while also juggling the same position on My Kitchen Rules between 2014 and 2017.
The 80-year-old’s son Daniel Kruger, 46, has since made a cheeky jibe towards Bake Off, despite his mum being a judge on the Channel 4 show.
The Conservative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Devizes in Wiltshire since 2019, opened up in a joint interview with his mum.
The Tory MP confessed that it is “amusing” for him to see that Prue is a celebrity off the television.
Daniel also touched on the secret to his beloved mother’s success.
“It’s an amusing aspect of my life that my mum’s a celebrity off the telly,” he explained. “It’s the first thing that people know about me.”
Daniel continued: “The secret of her success is that she’s authentically herself on TV. She is what you see — down to earth, practical and bossy in a non-offensive way, as well as optimistic and relentlessly upbeat.”
However, the politician revealed that he often doesn’t sit down and watch his mum on-screen.
“But I don’t really watch Bake Off much. It’s not my kind of telly,” he added to The Times.
Despite Daniel’s lack of interest in the show, his mum admitted she loves the celebrity fanfare that comes with being an on-screen star.
Prue revealed that she had initially dismissed the idea of being a judge on Bake Off.
Speaking to the same publication, she said: “When I read that Mary Berry was no longer going to be a judge on Bake Off I thought it would be a nice gig to get and then dismissed it.
“I’ve now got much more of a profile. I’m such an egotist — I like being stopped in the supermarket for a selfie.”
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Prue was married to author Rayne Kruger, with the pair having two children together; son Daniel and daughter Li-Da Kruger.
The couple remained married for almost 40 years before Kruger’s death.
In her memoir, Relish: My Life on a Plate, Prue opened up about having a 13-year affair with Rayner, who was her mother’s best friend’s husband.
Speaking on This Morning about her decision to write an autobiography she said: “I thought long and hard about it. I knew there would be a bit in it that people thought were shocking.
“But I thought if I’m going to write it, it has to be true. If it was interesting, even if it was controversial, I would put it in. Most people remember things differently. I put what I remember.”
The Great British Bake Off judge has since remarried after meeting husband John Playfair in 2011.
Last year, Prue revealed the couple had moved into together after living apart for nine years.
“John calls our new home our ‘retirement home’. We have to face the fact that we’re going to live together for the very first time. It just feels like the right time now,” she told The Telegraph.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm.
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