It's the end of an era...
It’s the news we didn’t want to hear. But it was also no surprise.
Queen of the Great British Bake Off Mary Berry announced last September that she was leaving the show for good. The news came after it was confirmed that Bake Off would transfer to Channel 4 for the new series. Channel 4 reportedly paid a ridiculous £75million to lure producers from their BBC contract.
Mary released a statement at the time that said: “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.”
Mary’s announcement followed close behind fellow hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who quit the show apparently due to a ‘breakdown of trust’.
However, it now appears that despite Mary’s loyalty to the BBC, the baking Queen wasn’t even offered the chance to appear on the Channel 4 show! Mary Berry revealed that she was never formally offered a spot on the new GBBO, with her role now rumoured to have been snapped up by restaurateur and writer Prue Leith.
“I was never asked to go,” Mary revealed to the Radio Times.
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“Well, I avoided being asked. It was suggested what would happen if I did go to Channel 4; what I would get, the advantages. But I didn’t ever have a meeting with them. I’d made up my mind. To me it’s an honour to be on the BBC. I was brought up on it.”
She also admitted that, “no one was more surprised than me” when she found out that the BBC would no longer be the home of the popular baking show.
Mary doesn’t criticise former fellow judge Paul Hollywood for deciding to leave the BBC with the show. However, she does admit that the pair had their ‘differences’.
“Paul and I had our differences about what was important to us but he is a brilliant bread maker and I admired him a lot.”
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