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Mel and Sue Confirm They Won’t Be Following Great British Bake Off To Channel 4

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By Amy Lewis, 14 September 2016
Mel and Sue Confirm They Won’t Be Following Great British Bake Off To Channel 4

It’s been a tumultuous week for the Great British Bake Off, which only looks set to spiral now that much loved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have confirmed that they’ll be stepping away from the show.

“We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

The drama began on Monday, after the BBC revealed via a statement on Twitter that Love Productions, the creator of Bake Off, was considering taking GBBO to a new broadcaster.

Unable to agree upon a renewal fee for next year’s series - the BBC is thought to have offered £15 million, which was rejected by the production company - it was then revealed that Love Productions had signed a new three-year deal with Channel 4, earning them a whopping £75 million.

But while Channel 4 have expressed their delight at welcoming GBBO to its new home, the baking show’s fans and hosts have been less enthused.

Mel and Sue, who have hosted the show since it first aired in 2010, confirmed yesterday that they would be stepping down from the show following the current series, adding that they are disappointed to see Bake Off leave its original home.

“We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home,” the pair wrote in a joint statement.

“We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was. The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak.

“We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

News of Mel and Sue’s departure has sparked an outpouring from both fans and former bakers on social media, who have declared the pair irreplaceable thanks to their witty charm and hilarious innuendos.

 

 

 

Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have so far remained quiet on the big Bake Off move, but have both previously expressed wishes to remain with the BBC.

On Monday, Mary was reluctant to say much on the subject, but did tell reporters that “anything that happens is nothing to do with my choice.”

Meanwhile, back in June, Paul said during his appearance on Top Gear: “I’ve said, I think the girls have said as well, we want to stay with the BBC. As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself, we want to stay with the BBC.”

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