Bake Off judge Prue Leith says she was so nervous about TV she took Valium but ended up slurring her words – The Sun

Bake Off judge Prue Leith says she was so nervous about TV she took Valium but ended up slurring her words – The Sun

BAKE Off judge Prue Leith was at first so nervous about going on TV that she took Valium to calm herself.

But the move backfired as the cook ended up slurring her words on screen.

Prue, 80, who replaced Mary Berry on the hit TV baking show, made the revelation as she launched her new recipe book.

Reflecting on her early broadcasting career, she said: “The floor manager came up to me when I presented a show for Tyne Tees and said, ‘You’re still frightened, aren’t you?’

“I said, ‘I hate it. I am absolutely terrified.’

“He said, ‘Have you tried one of these little pills?’ It was valium.

“My brother said to me, ‘Good God what was the matter with you? You were slurring your speech.’”

At the event in in Herts, Prue also said how her husband John Playfair, 72, an ex-fashion designer, told her she looks better in bright and vulgar clothes.

She recounted his words: “If you were really stick thin and a model you’d look fantastic in white, but (that style) just doesn’t suit you, you’re too large — vulgarity suits you.”

Prue co-wrote The Vegetarian Cookbook with pastry chef niece Peta Leith, 32.


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