Last week, the 81-year-old national treasure announced she is leaving the show when it ends on the BBC. However, Paul Hollywood will follow the famous tent to its new home at C4.
Tonight, Mary made her first public appearance since the news broke at the National Reality Television Awards, and gave her best wishes to her former co-judge.
"It’s going to be different, but I’m sure Paul will carry it on successfully," she told The Sun. "Mel and Sue are brilliant and we had a marvellous time on the programme and that’s how it will remain."
Discussing why she thinks Bake Off's a huge success, she continued: "It’s a family programme.
"Mum, gran, everyone enjoys it and they all get down to baking afterwards. I’m proud of everyone. It gets 14 million – more than the football!"
However, Mary was coy about rumours that she could reunite with presenters Mel and Sue - who have also quit Bake Off - on a new rival BBC show.
When asked about the claims, she said only: "Wait and see!"
Following popular demand from viewers, Beeb bosses are already reportedly working on new programme ideas for the trio.
Yesterday, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain said that she isn't interested in replacing Mary as a judge on C4.