David Attenborough has said the BBC was “absolutely right” to let the Great British Bake Off go.
The BBC One baking show has been snapped up by rival broadcaster Channel 4 in a deal reportedly worth around £75m.
When it emerged that the BBC had lost the rights to Bake Off, the corporation said it “made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money”.
Asked if they were right not to renew their deal with the production company, Love Productions, Sir David told the Radio Times: “Oh, absolutely right.
“To say to them, ‘If you want another million, go ahead, we’ve got plenty more ideas where that came from’.”
However, the broadcaster – a former BBC Two controller – admitted he did not agree with the BBC sacking former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
Jeremy was fired from the motoring show in March last year following a “fracas” with a producer, while his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond quit in solidarity.
Sir David said of that decision: “Well, yes, I regret letting Clarkson go, because it’s very good to have a voice that’s anti-establishment, or so profoundly anti-establishment.”
This week’s Radio Times is on sale on Tuesday.