The BBC has reported that Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will step down as hosts of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ when the hit show moves to Channel 4 in 2017.
The pair have presented the show since it began on BBC Two in 2010, alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Series seven is currently airing on Wednesday nights at 8pm on BBC1.
In response to the news, Love Productions, which makes the show, said in a statement: “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 BBC claimed that Mel and Sue said in a statement: “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.”
L-r: Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins