'Channel 4 have paid £75 million for a tent': Great British Bake Off's future in chaos

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The Great British Bake Off could look VERY different on Channel 4.

After poaching the series from BBC one for a reported £75 MILLION over three years, the channel has already lost presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins and judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry could be next to go.

Last night it was surprisingly announced that the hit series - currently Britain's biggest TV show - would be switching channels.

The Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins

The BBC is said to have offered up to twice its current fee but Channel 4 put up even more cash, although the company that makes Bake Off - Love Productions - insisted it wasn't about the money.

In an email apparently sent to staff, they wrote (via The Telegraph): "We are really saddened by this outcome because we always wanted to stay on the BBC. As recently as June we were convinced that was what would happen.

"This has never been about who might write the biggest cheque, but about where we can find the best home for Bake Off."

The Great British Bake Off will move to Channel 4 from next year, slated to begin with a Celebrity version in aid of Stand Up For Cancer.

But reports suggest that we may in fact not get a series until 2018 after Mel and Sue announced their exits today.

"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 pair said in a joint statement this evening. "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."

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Now The Sun reports that Paul and Mary could also go, leaving Channel 4 with little more than a tent to show for their cash.

A source remarked: “How they signed without getting the talent on board, or at least getting a steer from them, is beyond comprehension. What were they thinking?”

For now, the Great British Bake Off continues what will be its final BBC One series at 8PM on Wednesday.

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