Mary Berry has confirmed she will split with judging partner Paul Hollywood when Bake Off moves to Channel 4.
In a heart-breaking message, Berry confirmed she would be leaving the show saying: “What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven 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.” She continued on to explain why she left, “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 finished with one of her most quotable elements from the show, “Farewell to soggy bottoms.”
However, Hollywood appears keen to continue to steward and judge the popular baking programme which has run for seven series on the BBC. In a statement, Hollywood said: “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.” He added, 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… 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.”
Channel 4 Boss Jay Hunt was clearly pleased by Hollywood’s decision, stating: “Paul really is the star baker – an exceptional talent with a twinkle in his eye. His wit, warmth and wisdom are vital ingredients in Bake Off‘s success. I’m so delighted he’s coming to Channel 4.”
The Great British Bake Off series 7 is the final series on the BBC and airs Wednesdays at 8pm. Watch highlights from yesterday’s episode below: