TERRIBLE TIMES WE LIVE IN
The baking judge follows in presenters Mel and Sue’s footsteps, who quit the show when the move to Channel 4 was announced.
In a statement, Mary 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.
‘Farewell to soggy bottoms.’
Shortly after Mary’s statement, Paul announced he was staying with the show – and we have his statement in full.
Responding to Mary’s news, Love Productions, the company behind the show said: ‘We respect Mary’s decision not to join the next chapter of the Bake Off story.
are immensely grateful to her for all her work and for her recognition
today that Love Productions had made a unique and brilliant format from
day one with Bake Off.
‘The whole family, crew and team that made
Bake Off for the BBC, and who will now make it just as brilliantly for
C4, will miss her.’