Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc may leave The Great British Bake Off
Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc may leave The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4.
The judges and presenters on the hit baking contest have all previously admitted they wanted the show to remain on the BBC.
In July, Paul Hollywood told Chris Evans during an appearance on Top Gear: “As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself, we want to stay with the BBC.”
Last night, Perkins retweeted a BBC statement urging Love Productions to “change their mind” over the decision to part ways with the BBC.
The statement read: “Working with Love Productions, we have grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today.
“We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC’s resources are not infinite.
“GBBO is a quintessentially BBC programme. We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad free on BBC One.”
A source told the Sun newspaper: “Don’t be surprised to see new presenters when it moves to Channel 4. Sue is an unashamed fan of the BBC and didn’t want to leave. Her and Mel both wanted it to stay put.
“Sue sharing the BBC’s statement giving itself a pat on the back rather than Love’s looking ahead to the future says it all.”
Speaking after the announcement last night, Mary Berry confirmed that she had “no idea” what would happen next with the show. She told The Sun Online: “I have no idea, anything that happens is nothing to do with my choice.”
Last night, Richard McKerrow, the creative director of Love Productions, said about Channel 4: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off. It’s a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high-quality and highly successful programmes for more than a decade.
“It’s tremendously exciting to have found a broadcaster who we know will protect and nurture The Great British Bake Off for many years to come.”