Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have relinquished their roles as hosts of The Great British Bake Off in light of the news the show is moving to Channel 4.
Alongside judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the duo have presided over the popular amateur baking competition since it started on BBC Two in 2010. In a joint statement they said they were ‘shocked and saddened’ to learn the show would be leaving the beeb.
“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 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.” – Mel and Sue
It was announced yesterday (12 September) that the rights to the programme over a three year period have been acquired by Channel 4 for a reported £25m per year. Love Productions, who make it, reportedly refused to entertain offers lower than the sum, snubbing the beeb’s offer of £15m per year to retain the show.
“Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off. I’m delighted we have been able to partner with the hugely talented team at Love Productions to keep this much loved show on free-to-air television.” – Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer
In a statement about the show leaving the BBC, Love Productions noted: “After an extraordinary six-year journey with the BBC, Love Productions announces with regret that it has been unable to reach agreement on terms to renew the commission of The Great British Bake Off. We will now be focusing on finding a new partner to develop the familiar show that the British public turn to in their millions. Love Productions would like to thank the BBC for the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit, and the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it.”
“We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off. It’s a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high quality and highly successful programmes for more than a decade.
“It’s tremendously exciting to have found a broadcaster who we know will protect and nurture The Great British Bake Off for many years to come.” – Richard McKerrow, Love Productions Creative Director
It is currently unknown whether there will be further changes to the show’s regular talent line up or any to the show’s format following the move.
The show currently features amateur bakers competing in a series of three challenges in accordance with that week’s theme, with judges Queen of Puddings, Mary Berry, and King of Bread, Paul Hollywood overseeing their work. Each week a stand out baker is awarded the title of ‘Star Baker’ while the one deemed to have performed the poorest is eliminated at Berry and Hollywood’s behest. Comedians Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc present.
Bake Off will first appear on Channel 4 in the guise of a celebrity version in aid of Stand Up to Cancer next year.