Sorry, guys, there’s no way to say this except to come out and say it. Since Love Productions decided to go for the gold, leave the BBC for Channel 4, and Mel and Sue quit Great British Bake Off, we’ve been expecting and dreading the worst. It just arrived in the form of a Mary Berry statement.
What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 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.
I don’t know how many more tears we can cry, but I expect Paul Hollywood is here to test us out. He, in fact, is staying with the Channel 4 production.
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.
After hearing Mary’s news, Paul added:
When I spoke about my news earlier on, I did not know what Mary was saying about her decision, and more importantly had not been able to speak to her.
Let there be no doubt: I have loved every minute of my time working with Mary. I have learned so much from her and we are great friends inside and outside the tent. That will not change. Knowing her as well as I do, I am sure she has made the right decision for her. I will miss her.
We know there’s really only one solution to our pain.