Great British Bake Off American hopefuls told to leave their guns at home!

by Lisa McGarry

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The Great British Bake Off is heading to America, but it seems they may be expecting a different calibre of contestant in the States, than the ones usually seen on the British version of the TV show.

Auditions have started for the US series, but instead of the sedate affair that occurred when the series was made for the BBC, producers in The States are worried that their tryouts will attract some gun toting hopefuls and have respectfully asked them to leave their firearms at home.

Producers have provided all those trying out for the show – all the hopeful pastry chefs and amateur bakers – with a notice that bans “weapons of any kind” as well as illegal drugs at the audition centres.

A source told The Mirror:

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“The Great British Bake Off is arguably the most twee show on television. But things are clearly very different in the US.”

BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off was one of the surprise TV hits of 2010 and a whopping 7.2 million people tuned in to watch judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood pick their winner on the final episode of the last series.

The American series will start this May and producer Richard McKerrow is moving to CBS to develop the show, however bosses have not yet announced if either of the British experts will be travelling to the US to work on the new programme.

Berry has previously insisted that she will not be making the journey, but it is thought that Paul may still be involved in some shape or form.

The bakery show follows in the footsteps of Strictly Come Dancing and has been commissioned in eleven countries outside of Britain, making it the BBC’s second highest export after the dance show.

Many of its previous participants, including winners, have gone onto start their own bakery-type businesses (notably Jo Wheatley, Edd Kimber and John Whaite), which is great. There can never be too many cakes in the world!