Great British Bake Off: Mary Berry leaves but Paul Hollywood stays

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

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The seventh series of the show is currently being broadcast

Mary Berry is to leave as a judge on The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4, but Paul Hollywood is to remain.

In a statement, Hollywood said he was “delighted” to be staying on the show.

“It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that,” he said.

Berry said she was staying with the BBC out of “loyalty”, adding that the corporation had nurtured her and the show.

She said Bake Off was “a unique and brilliant format from day one” and that she was “just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change”.

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Hollywood has signed a three-year deal with Channel 4

Last week Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also announced they were leaving, saying they were not “going with the dough”.

Hollywood, who has signed a three-year deal with Channel 4, said: “I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.”

He also thanked his fellow judge in a later tweet, adding: “She has made the right decision for her.”

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Berry, Hollywood, Giedroyc and Perkins have appeared on the show since the first series was broadcast on BBC Two in 2010.

Love Productions, which makes the series, said: “We respect Mary’s decision not to join the next chapter of the Bake Off story.

“We are immensely grateful to her for all her work and for her recognition today that Love Productions had made a unique and brilliant format from day one with Bake Off.

“The whole family, crew and team that made Bake Off for the BBC, and who will now make it just as brilliantly for C4, will miss her.”


Paul Hollywood’s statement:

“Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.

“The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other.

“It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.

“So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.”


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Hollywood, Berry, Perkins and Giedroyc have been on the show since it started in 2010


Mary Berry’s statement:

“What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.

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

“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.”


Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One, said: “Mary is an extraordinary woman, loved and adored by the British public, and the BBC is her natural home.

“I’ve been very lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Mary over the last seven years and I’m so pleased that relationship will continue.

“She is an inspiration to generations, a real icon and I can’t wait to cook up more unmissable shows with her in the future.”

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Bake Off hosts Mel and Sue are also leaving the show

Comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams said: Mary Berry I love you! What a classy lady.”

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield tweeted: “Mary Berry quits Bake Off… clang went the wheels as they all fell off.”

But Richard Osman, from BBC One’s Pointless, wrote: “Boring truth is that Bake-Off will be just fine on C4. Won’t be same show we love, and won’t get same ratings, but will do a job for them.”

It was announced last week that The Great British Bake Off was moving from BBC One to Channel 4. The network has signed a three-year deal with Love Productions, which makes the programme.

It is understood the corporation offered Love Productions £15m per year to keep the show on the BBC.

That would have been double the amount the BBC currently pays for the show and its sister programmes such as An Extra Slice and the Sport Relief specials.

But the company reportedly would not accept any offers below £25m.

Giedroyc and Perkins left the show the day after its move to Channel 4 was announced.

“We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was,” they said in a joint statement.

Channel 4 will begin airing the programme in 2017, starting with a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.


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Great British Bake Off: Mary Berry leaves but Paul Hollywood stays

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