Mary Berry has quit the Great British Bake Off over her ‘loyalty to the BBC’ after it was announced the show was moving to Channel 4.
It was announced last week that the BBC had lost the rights to the show following seven series after programme maker Love Productions struck a three-year deal with Channel 4 worth a reported £75million.
Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins dealt a blow to the show’s future by announcing they would not be moving from the BBC.
And now judge Berry, 81, has stated she will also be leaving the show.
‘What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 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 said in a statement.
‘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.
‘I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.
She added: ‘Farewell to soggy bottoms.’
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