Mary Berry was attacked by bed bugs while filming Great British Bake Off in a hostel for £ 25 a night

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Mary Berry was attacked by bed bugs after the BBC placed her in a hostel for £ 25 while filming The Great British Bake Off

  • The 86-year-old television presenter was booked into a hostel for £ 25 a night in the early days of the series where she was exposed to insects that feed on human blood
  • Speaking to the Full Disclosure podcast, Sue Perkins shared that the show is viewed as the big hit it is now, but the early stages were very different
  • She said: “We were there when Barry’s burger vans were catering, when we were in a hostel for £ 25 a night – and Mary Berry got bed bugs.”
  • Mary turned down a huge raise to stay on the baking show after switching from BBC One to Channel 4 after seven years

Mary Berry was attacked by bed bugs after being housed in cheap accommodation by the BBC while attending The Great British Bake Off.

The 86-year-old television presenter was booked into a hostel for £ 25 a night in the early days of the series where she was exposed to insects that feed on human blood.

Speaking to the Full Disclosure podcast, Sue Perkins shared that the show is viewed as the big hit it is now, but the early stages were very different.

Ouch: Mary Berry was attacked by bed bugs after being housed in cheap accommodation by the BBC while attending The Great British Bake Off

She said, “Bake Off can only be seen through the prism of great success now.

“But we were there when Barry’s burger vans were catering, when we were in a hostel for £ 25 a night – and Mary Berry got bed bugs.

“We were on a hiking show and the team had to pitch the tent. But it has grown tremendously from intensive food documentation to the popular program it is today.

“We had a make-up artist who painted a mulberry-colored lipstick in purple on me in a series.

Show: The 86-year-old TV presenter was booked into a hostel for £ 25 a night in the early days of the series where she was exposed to insects that feed on human blood

Show: The 86-year-old TV presenter was booked into a hostel for £ 25 a night in the early days of the series where she was exposed to insects that feed on human blood

“I looked like I’d been dragged off a river bank, I looked like a speckled corpse on Casualty.

“Bake Off started making people cry. This is our only contribution and it seems very simple, but if it has worked, then I am very happy with it. “

The BBC declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Mary turned down a huge raise to stay on the baking show after switching from BBC One to Channel 4 after seven years.

Your loyalty to staying with the BBC has certainly paid off, as Mary hosted a number of shows for the station, including Mary Berry’s Simple Home Comforts, Mary Berry Everyday, and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets.

Early Days: Speaking to the Full Disclosure podcast, Sue Perkins shared that the show is viewed as the big hit it is now, but the early stages were very different

Early Days: Speaking to the Full Disclosure podcast, Sue Perkins shared that the show is viewed as the big hit it is now, but the early stages were very different

Great British Bake Off presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc left the show in 2016 shortly after it was announced that the series would switch from BBC One to Channel 4.

Mary gave up shortly after them, but fellow judge Paul Hollywood decided to stick with the show while accepting a large raise, which sparked much controversy.

In a statement released at the time, Mary said, “What a privilege and honor it was to be part of 7 years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue gave me so much joy and laughter.

Changes: Great British Bake Off presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc left the show in 2016, shortly followed by Mary.  Paul Hollywood decided to stick with the show, which led to much controversy (pictured together in 2016)

Changes: Great British Bake Off presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc left the show in 2016, shortly followed by Mary. Paul Hollywood decided to stick with the show, which led to much controversy (pictured together in 2016)

“My decision to stay with the BBC was born out of loyalty to them as they promoted me and the show, which was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I’m just sorry for the audience that may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.

“I wish the program, the crew and the future bakers every success and I am very sad not to be there.”

Mary later announced that she was never officially offered a seat at the new GBBO and told the Radio Times, “I was never asked to leave.”

Reasons:

Reasons: “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them as they promoted me and the show which has been a unique and brilliant format from day one”

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