Confirmed: Mel and Sue QUIT The Great British Bake Off over move to Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins

The Great British Bake Off has suffered another hammer blow today as presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins confirmed they will not be following the show from the BBC to Channel 4.

Telly fans are still reeling from yesterday's news that the current series of Bake Off will be the last on the BBC, with C4 taking over the rights to the show from 2017.

And now much-loved hosts Mel & Sue have announced that they've decided to vacate the show's famous tent when it arrives at its new home.

In a joint statement today, the pair said: "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."

GBBO makers Love Productions responded by saying: "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."

Although Mel and Sue had previously hinted at quitting if Bake Off left the BBC, their departure still comes as a major shock, as they are hugely popular with viewers.

According to The Telegraph media correspondent Patrick Foster, the duo resigned before C4 even had a chance to make them an offer.

The latest development casts further doubt on whether judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood - who are also seen as a crucial part of the show's success - will make the switch.

C4 has reportedly agreed a £75million deal with Love to air Bake Off for three years - four times the amount paid by the BBC - but talent was not involved in their negotiations.

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