Forget the fact that the Great British Bake Off is moving channels, the show has even bigger problems on their hands if they want to keep viewers: Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are stepping down.
The beloved pun-heavy hosts made their announcement just shortly after BBC announced it would be handing over the Bake Off reigns to Channel 4.
They say jointly:
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.
Love Productions, who created the show and will continue to make it on Channel 4, responded to the presenters’ decision, The Huffington Post reports. They said: “We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4.”
The Great British Bake Off has been running for six years has become one of the BBC’s biggest shows – mostly, some would say, because of its hosts and pun-heavy episodes.
If Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry follow Mel and Sue out the door, it may mean certain disaster for the show.
After all, swapping hosts on one of the biggest shows on British TV hasn’t fared well for the BBC in the past (ahem – Top Gear)…