Mary Berry quits the Great British Bake Off
This is the last thing we wanted.
Mary Berry has confirmed she will not be returning to The Great British Bake Off when it transfers to Channel 4 in 2018.
Speaking in a statement released this morning, she pledged her loyalty to the BBC and praised the time and care the channel has devoted to nurturing the show.
She said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
It is another blow to the Channel 4 version of the popular baking format, which has already lost presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
They announced their departure the day after the deal was announced, telling fans: “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 million 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.
Mary Berry has judged the baking show since its modest beginnings on BBC Two in 2010, alongside Mel, Sue and fellow judge Paul Hollywood.
Hollywood is now the only one of the show’s stars whose future on Bake Off is still unknown.
He is thought to be weighing up his options after Channel 4 offered him a mega deal to stay on the show and ensure some kind of continuity for audiences.
The BBC lost the rights to broadcast The Great British Bake Off earlier this month after failing to reach an agreement with the programme’s creators Love Productions. Shortly after the announcement the Bake Off was leaving the BBC, Channel 4 announced it had bought the rights to the series.
The new Channel 4 Bake Off will begin airing in 2018.