Berry sticks with BBC but Hollywood takes his bakes to Channel 4 – will you still watch it?
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Mary Berry has announced she will not be moving with hit show the Great British Bake Off when it goes to Channel 4.
But fellow judge Paul Hollywood has signed a deal with the broadcaster to continue on the programme.
He will be the only member of the original presenting/judging team, which also included Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, to make the switch.
In a statement confirming her decision Berry said: “What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven 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.
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“Farewell to soggy bottoms.”
Hollywood, aged 50, said: “I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4.
“I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.
“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.
“It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that - the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget ... the squirrels.”