Prue Leith is the perfect replacement for Mary Berry on Bake Off, but viewers will still hate the change, says a popular TV critic.
Reports claim that Leith will replace Berry in the Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off, which is set to air later this year.
Kevin O'Sullivan told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Leith "really knows her stuff - if anything her pedigree is even better than Mary’s."
However, the TV critic warns that British television viewers "hate change of any type whatsoever" and whatever Channel 4 do "people will say 'it’s not as good as the old one'."
O'Sullivan believes the new series of GBBO will face three specific problems: The show will feel different because "of the lack of Mel and Sue"; viewers will be opposed to advert breaks; and "the BBC will have its rival all set up" when Bake Off airs, and they'll "probably put it head to head."
He added: "I fear the BBC will win that one."
Listen to the full interview above