Sunday 25 February 2018

Is this the end for Bake Off? Mary Berry leaves the show

Heat in the kitchen: GBBO host Mary Berry
Heat in the kitchen: GBBO host Mary Berry

Mary Berry has announced that she will be leaving The Great British Bake Off as judge Paul Hollywood signs for three more series.

"My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one," Berry said in a statement.

"What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent.

"I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision."

She added: "The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter."

"I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.

"Farewell to soggy bottoms."

It was announced last week that the BBC has lost the show, one of the jewels in its crown, after refusing to pay a reported £25 million a year to keep it.

Presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have also quit the show. Judge Paul Hollywood will judge The Great British Bake Off for the next three series when it moves to Channel 4.

The broadcaster has signed a three-year agreement with Love Productions, the producers of the popular baking programme, for the format.

A spokesman for the broadcaster - which will air the show from next year - said: "We would be delighted if the presenters and judges want to come to Channel 4."

Love Productions had said it had been "unable to reach agreement" with the BBC, which has broadcast The Great British Bake Off for six years.

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