Great British Bake Off: Mary Berry QUITS but Paul Hollywood will stay

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Mary Berry has QUIT the Great British Bake Off out of loyalty to the BBC.

However Paul Hollywood has announced he WILL be staying on the show as it moves to Channel 4 in 2017.

Paul is the only one of the current stars to stay put after hosts Mel and Sue announced their exits last week, just a day after news of the channel switch broke.

Channel 4 is understood to have paid £75 MILLION for the hit show over the next three years.

Here's what Mary had to say in her statement: "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.

"Farewell to soggy bottoms."

Meanwhile, Paul said: "Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.

"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.

"So 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 continues its final run on the BBC Wednesdays at 8PM before moving to Channel 4 next year.

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