Here’s the latest on the Great British Bake Off news…
It’s our ultimate comfort TV. Watching an episode of the Great British Bake Off is like settling down with a cuppa after a long hard day. With a slice of Victoria Sponge, of course.
GBBO has always been our go-to show when we want some easy, stress-free viewing. But the past couple of days have seen Paul, Mary and co at the center of a drama-filled TV scandal EVERYONE is talking about…
The show’s severed its ties with the BBC, its much-loved hosts Mel and Sue have quit, and now there’s even talk of GBBO’s linchpin, Mary Berry, stepping down… And Bake Off fans are in absolute turmoil.
Some (very dramatic) people have even been saying it’s the new Brexit. Or Breadsit.
Even This Morning hosts Holly and Phil couldn’t lighten the mood. Their prank – where they pretended to have a ‘big Bake Off announcement’ today – went down like a lead balloon.
Too soon, guys, too soon.
So how has this great big (Eton) mess happened?
With the help of a big fat cheque, that’s how.
Love Productions chiefs Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie were lured by Channel 4’s offer of £75million per year. And despite the BBC’s offer of £15million – double what they pay now – refused to entertain any counter offers below £25mil. It’s now confirmed Channel 4 will be airing the programme in 2017, starting with a charity show for Stand Up To Cancer.
BBC bosses are stunned by Love Productions’ decision, believing their actions to be in very poor taste. Former BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey told the Daily Mail: ‘In my day, there were often tough negotiations over programme budgets and budgets for talent, but in the end there was an unwritten rule that you did not walk away and take your show somewhere else.’
And what does the future hold for the crème de la crème of the Great British Bake Off, Mary and Paul?
The jury’s still out. But if Mary’s husband’s latest comments that Mary was ‘very happy at the BBC’ and ‘won’t be signing anything’ with Channel 4 are anything to go by… We might have a few broken hearted Bake Off fans to contend with. Watch this space!
Woman’s Own readers have expressed their scepticism when it comes to the big move. Lisa Jane Snoodgrass said: “It won’t be the same without Mel and Sue.” While Jane Basford commented: “I’ll hate the adverts every 15 minutes. Don’t think I’ll bother when it moves channels.”
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