Mary Berry quits Great British Bake Off

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 September 2016
Mary Berry

Mary Berry

Mary Berry has decided to quit the 'Great British Bake Off' out of "loyalty" to the BBC

Mary Berry has quit the 'Great British Bake Off'.

The 81-year-old baking queen - who has judged on the show since it first hit screens on the BBC in 2010 - has decided to step away from the show following its move to Channel 4.

She said: "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.

"What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision."

Mary's decision to turn her back on the programme comes just a week after hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced they would no longer front the show after Channel 4 bought the rights to the series as part of a mega deal.

It's not yet known if Mary's co-judge Paul Hollywood will follow suit but it's believed he's been in negotiations with Channel 4.

Mary explained: "The '...Bake Off' family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter. I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it."

The 50-year-old silverfox - who has also featured as a judge on the programme since 2010 - is also in talks with the BBC about fronting a new culinary series with them.

A source said recently: "Paul's definitely not made up his mind yet on what to do and is looking at what's the best deal for him. Channel 4 are desperate to secure him and provide fans with some continuity from the original line-up."

The 'Great British Bake Off' was thrown into chaos last week when it was revealed the BBC had failed to offer a big enough sum to Love Productions, the makers of the programme, to keep the show.

The BBC offered the company an estimated £15 million per year - double the current contract - in a bid to keep hold of the show, but producers refused to accept offers below £25 million.

Channel 4 quickly waded in with a three-year deal - worth a reported £75 million - after talks between the BBC and Love Productions broke down early last week.

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