Mary Berry Quits ‘Great British Bake Off’
In news that’s perhaps more disappointing than Iain Watters’s melted Baked Alaska, Mary Berry, one of the two judges on BBC’s The Great British Bake Off will be leaving her post when the baking competition moves to Channel 4 after the end of its current season.
According to the BBC, Paul Hollywood, who has been an integral part of the show with Berry since its debut in 2010, will stay and continue to act as a judge for contestants. He confirms in a tweet:
I’m staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I’ll miss her but she has made the right decision for her.
— Paul Hollywood (@PaulHollywood) September 22, 2016
Berry’s exit comes hot on the heels of news that the series’ two co-hosts, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, will not follow the show to its new home on Channel 4, saying in a joint statement filled with their signature double entendres, “We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was… we’re not going with the dough.”
“What a privilege and honor it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off,” Berry says in a statement issued by the BBC. “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,” she explains. “I wish the program, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms.”
Channel 4 has a three-year deal for The Great British Bake Off — known as The Great British Baking Show in the U.S. due to copyright issues — estimated to be worth $99 million. It’s said the network plans to introduce a celebrity version of the competition in 2017.