Mary Berry says a "gut feeling" made her quit The Great British Bake Off

Judge reveals Nadiya Hussain's victory was her most emotional moment

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Mary Berry says a "gut feeling" made her quit The Great British Bake Off following its final BBC series.

Tonight Mary's last full run of the baking contest came to an end with Candice Brown emerging as its winner.

Before the event, the 81-year-old admitted she is "really sad" her time in the tent has finished - but has no regrets about staying put at the Beeb.

Explaining her decision to leave on Chris Evans's BBC Radio 2 show, she said: "It was a gut feeling. I made it straight away for myself, having discussed it with my family and others.

"I’m very happy that I’ve stayed with the BBC. Everything I’ve done really has been with the BBC. I wanted to stay with them."

However, she supported Bake Off's move to Channel 4 and said she would "of course" be a viewer of its reincarnation.

"I’m sure the programme will go on to be a little bit different, but it’ll still be wonderful," she commented.

Mary added that her most emotional moment on the show was Nadiya Hussain's victory on last year's series.

"I had the privilege of seeing her little children and her husbands' eyes light up as well as hers," she recalled. "That was very emotional because they were so proud."

Bake Off will return on Channel 4 next year with a celebrity series. Presenters Mel and Sue have also quit, leaving Paul Hollywood as the only member of the on-screen team moving with it.

However, its time on the BBC isn't quite over yet. Later this year the broadcaster will air two Christmas specials featuring past contestants returning to complete some festive challenges.

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