Paul Hollywood has confirmed he’s staying with The Great British Bake Off as Mary Berry bids ‘farewell to soggy bottoms’.
Earlier today Mary Berry released a statement saying she’s stepping away from the cooking show before it’s controversial move to Channel 4.
Moments later, her fellow judge released his own statement confirming that he will remain a judge on Bake Off for the next three series when the hit show moves to Channel 4.
One of the country’s leading artisan bakers, Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since the first series in 2010.
Paul Hollywood said: “Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.”
He continued: “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. 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 – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.
“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.”
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 said: “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.”
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