Mel and Sue have quit Great British Bake Off after its move from BBC to Channel 4

Published Tuesday, Sep 13 2016, 16:44 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Mel and Sue have QUIT Great British Bake Off following yesterday's confirmation that the show will move from BBC to Channel 4 next series.

And released quite possibly the best statement ever.

The Great British Bake Off, BBC2, Mel and Sue, Tue 20 Aug

© BBC Pictures

We know: WHATTTTTT?????

How can this be???

Will it be the same???

Surely it can't be?

And will Paul and Mary follow suit?!

Channel 4 announced on Tuesday afternoon (13 September) that Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will step down as hosts of The Great British Bake Off, following the bombshell news that GBBO will move from its BBC home to Channel 4 next year.

In a statement to BBC News, Mel and Sue said: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

"The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak. We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

"We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success."

The Great British Bake Off, Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul, Wed 14 Sep


Mel and Sue with judges Mary and Paul.

Just yesterday, a rep for Channel 4 had said the network hoped to retain the hugely successful presenting duo and judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

A spokesperson had said: "We have no plans to change the incredibly successful format of the show which is much loved by viewers. We would be delighted if the presenters and judges want to come to Channel 4."

Mel and Sue have been hosts of Great British Bake Off since its very first series and, let's face it, can you imagine the show without them? As well as giving us little history lessons on the origins of baking, they keep the contestants calm, inject humour into proceedings and basically bring a whole lot of heart and soul to the programme.

Among those reacting via social media is Piers Morgan, who predicted Great British Bake Off is doomed if judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

BBC confirmed yesterday that it had lost the right to air GBBO, with a source telling BBC News the corporation is believed to have fallen about £10 million short of the money necessary to keep the show. The insider said BBC is thought to have offered around £15m per year to keep Bake Off on its channels, which is double the amount currently paid for the programme and its spin-offs.

The Great British Bake Off, full bakers shot, Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, Wed 24 Aug


Bake Off has been a BBC instution since its first series.

Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal with Bake Off makers Love Productions, and the show will kick off next year with a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

Love Production's creative director, Richard McKerrow, said: "We believe we've found the perfect new home for Bake Off. It's a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high-quality and highly successful programmes for more than a decade. It's tremendously exciting to have found a broadcaster who we know will protect and nurture The Great British Bake Off for many years to come."

BBC, meanwhile, issued a statement saying the corporation had "grown and nurtured" the programme to make it the huge success it is today, but it could not match the money requested to keep the show at BBC.

"Working with Love Productions, we have grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today," said a statement. "We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC's resources are not infinite."

The seventh series of GBBO is currently airing Wednesday nights at 8pm on BBC One.