Great British Baking Show: Mary Berry out, Paul Hollywood stays
The Great British Baking Show is down to just one of its original personalities.
Less than two weeks after hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced their departure, judge Mary Berry on Thursday said she is leaving the baking competition, while Paul Hollywood announced he is staying with the show as it moves from the BBC to Channel 4. (The Great British Baking Show has aired in the U.S. on BBC America.)
“What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent — The Great British Bake Off,” said Berry in a statement, referring to the show’s title in the U.K. “The Bake Off family — Paul, Mel, and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.”
Berry added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Hollywood explained his decision to stick with the show, tweeting on Thursday, “I’m staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I’ll miss her but she has made the right decision for her.”
According to the BBC, the company behind the show, Love Productions, rejected offers below £25 million annually when the BBC attempted to renew its agreement to air the show. Channel 4 ultimately won the bidding war, beating the commercial-free network where the popular program started.