Well, “The Great British Bake Off” is barely going to be the same show at all when it heads over to Channel 4 after this current season on the BBC. We knew already that the show was losing its hosts in Mel and Sue, and now we are also set to lose Mary Berry, one of the most noteworthy judges and a delightful presence of pure joy on the series.
In a statement, Berry had the following to say about her decision to say farewell to this series after more than half a decade:
“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. 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 … Farewell to soggy bottoms.”
All of these departures (Paul Hollywood is set to continue with the show) are coming as a result of production company Love Productions announcing that they had received a more lucrative deal with Channel 4 to broadcast the show. The BBC offered a new contract, but network executives claimed they only had so much money to give.
Personally, we wonder what’s going to happen if the show moves to its new home and tanks. Without the familiar faces, is this worth watching anymore?
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