Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc quit Great British Bake Off over move to Channel 4
TV duo Mel and Sue have quit Great British Bake Off over the show’s planned move to Channel 4.
Bake Off fans were already furious with the news that the reality show, which has aired on the BBC since 2010, would be leaving the broadcaster .
The BBC was outbid for the show’s rights, with Channel 4 thought to have spent at least £25 million to snag it.
It was unclear whether Channel 4 would be able to secure the show’s key talents as well, but it has now been confirmed that hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not return to the show.
The pair have been with the cult reality baking series from the very start, winning the hearts of fans with their charm and innuendo.
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However, they confirmed their departure today.
They said in a statement: “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 million 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.”
It is unclear whether judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will remain on the show.
The popular baking show has risen to incredible heights, winning over more viewers than the Olympics.
Sue Perkins is the UK’s highest-profile out female TV presenter. She is currently in a relationship with Secret Eaters host Anna Richardson.