In a statement, the pair said they were “shocked and saddened” that “Bake Off” was leaving the BBC. 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 almost 15 at its peak.
Speaking on Premier’s Inspirational Breakfast, Benjamina said: “It’s quite exciting to know that we’re going to be the last BBC bakers”.
Mel and Sue are unquestionably important elements of the show, bringing light-hearted hijinks and moral support to anxious contestants, in addition to quips on judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
But when they were unable to reach agreement on future series, Bake Off risked coming off free to air television altogether.
Dad-of-five Jamie Oliver is reportedly a contender for the role on GBBO, after it was revealed how much he and his family enjoy the Bake Off, and how much he would love to be a judge.
“Even though they weren’t contractually obliged to stay with the production, they were assured the show would retain its stars”.
However, on learning Mel and Sue were not following the programme to Channel 4, he added: “Very sad news”. Judging by their statement, Love Productions seems confident, but there aren’t many others who echo their sentiments.
But, Business Insider UK has come forward with an alternate theory, claiming a “secret legal dispute” between the show’s producers, Love Productions, and the British broadcaster may be at least partly to blame.
The BBC is said to have offered Love Production £15 million per year to keep the show, but the company would not accept offers below £25 million. Channel 4 has confirmed to British media outlets that none of the four hosts have thus far signed on for a new season.
‘I love Mary Berry and it’s really great watching’. They say a f*** load of swear words to make sure the footage can’t be used, apparently.
One day after “The Great British Bake Off” announced it was heading to a new network, the show is bracing fans for another big change: new hosts.
The comedian already hosts Bake Off’s BBC Two spin-off show, An Extra Slice, so could be a flawless fit to step up to the plate.
Around 15 million watched as Nadiya Hussain was crowned victor in 2015.