Prue Leith has been learning the recipe for Great British Bake Off success from Mary Berry.
And she said ex-judge Mary had reassured her fans will welcome her.
Show newcomer Prue , 77, added: “She said the point about Bake Off fans is they’re all very nice and she never had any problems with them.
“I mean, clearly if there’s some big story you get a few paparazzi in the drive, but there’s no malice.”
The ex-restaurateur and novelist is to replace Mary when the contest moves to Channel 4 later this year, after seven years at the BBC, and consulted her about the role.
Despite sources saying Prue had definitely been signed, for a reported £200,000 – three times Mary’s Bake Off pay at the BBC – Prue said Mary, 81, “knows perfectly well the decision hasn’t been made”.
But she is already planning how to tame fellow judge Paul Hollywood – by being a tougher critic.
Hosting the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards in London this week, Prue said: “I’m pretty blunt.
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“But I think as long as you’re not rude, it’s fine. Paul does it quite well, he always says, ‘Sorry, it’s not quite right’. Perhaps I can make Paul nice.”
Paul is the only member of the show’s original line-up to stay. Prue said: “Why shouldn’t he? He loves the show. The last thing he wants to do is give up baking. He’s good at it.”
But though she admitted Paul and Mary are a “hard act to follow”, Prue joked: “I’m more worried about bad reviews with my books.”