Mary Berry joins Mel and Sue in quitting The Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood to remain
The Great British Bake Off drama continues. After last week's announcement that the BBC had lost the rights to the show and Channel 4 have picked it up for three series, the fate of the show's judges and presenters has been decided. Presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc stepped down last week after claiming that the show should remain with the BBC, but the roles of the two judges were undecided until today.
Mary Berry has decided to leave the show out of loyalty to the BBC and made a fond farewell statement.
"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.
"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. Farewell to soggy bottoms." - BBC
However Paul Hollywood has signed a three-year deal to continue on as a judge on The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4
"Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.
"The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we've seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other." - BBC
Paul has come under fire from the public, with many claiming he lacks loyalty and is in it for the money only...which does seem a little unfair, particularly former contestant Ruby Tandoh calling him "a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is.".
There was also some anger over his statement not thanking Mary...but it turns out he wasn't aware she had quit when he made the announcement. He hastily followed it up with...
"When I spoke about my news earlier on, I did not know what Mary was saying about her decision, and more importantly had not been able to speak to her. Let there be no doubt: I have loved every minute of my time working with Mary. I have learned so much from her and we are great friends inside and outside the tent. That will not change. Knowing her as well as I do, I am sure she has made the right decision for her. I will miss her." - BBC
So cakes and tears all round then. To round this news item off, he's the rather brilliant Jim'll Paint It capturing all he drama around The Great British Bake Off's end on the BBC.
It's not over yet though, with five more episodes of series seven still to air on the BBC. Check out Amy Jones' live blog here and Omar Somliman's review of Pastry Week.