The end of Bake Off? Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel & Sue could all QUIT

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The Great British Bake Off's move to Channel 4 could see the show looking VERY different.

It was confirmed earlier this evening in a surprise announcement that the hit BBC series would be switching channels next year.

Programme makers Love Productions revealed they had not been able to agree a new deal with the BBC and had instead signed a new, thee-year contract with Channel 4 starting next year.

But The Guardian newspaper reports that Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, as well as hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were not consulted on the move and may well leave the series.

Speaking earlier this year, Paul said about the then-rumoured channel switch: "It's not up to us, it's up to the production company, but as far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself are concerned we want to stay on the BBC."

Before news of the Channel 4 deal broke, the BBC said they hoped that Love Productions would change their mind about the switch.

"Working with Love Productions, we have grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today," the BBC said in a statement. "We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC's resources are not infinite.

"GBBO is a quintessentially BBC programme. We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad-free on BBC One."

The Great British Bake Off started on the BBC Two and has grown into the biggest show currently on TV, scoring 13.5 million viewers for this year's opener.

For now, Bake Off continues its final BBC series Wednesday at 8PM on BBC One.

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