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Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood close to quitting Bake Off - report

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins' decision to leave the Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 could influence Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to follow suit.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are reportedly on the verge of quitting The Great British Bake Off after hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins walked.

The popular double act has fronted the ever popular baking show since its debut in 2010, but after news broke on Monday (12Sep16) that Channel 4 poached the cooking programme from the BBC, Mel and Sue decided to abandon their posts.

Now sources say judges Mary and Paul are close to doing the same thing.

“Mary and Paul believe the show works because of Mel and Sue,” an insider told The Sun. “It’s always been the four of them together. They are all really close and constantly hang out together in between filming.

“They repeatedly talk about how they are a family and they both credit the show’s success down to Mel and Sue as well as the format. They feel lucky they have got Mel and Sue there to control and calm the bakers. When a contestant is stressed, you will see Mel and Sue going up to them to support them. They lift everybody. Their humour is fantastic.”

The 2016 contestants are only three weeks into this year’s series, with fans flocking back to watch them bake bread, cakes and dumplings.

The BBC and Channel 4 ended up in a bidding war for the Love Productions-made show, but Channel 4 prevailed with an offer for a three-year deal. However, without the original lineup, fans could be turning off when the show makes the network move, expected in 2018 due to a one-year break clause between the BBC and Love Productions.

“Paul is currently in L.A. and hasn’t had a chance to talk to Mary. But they have always said they are in it together,” the source continued. “The Bake Off on the BBC is a gateway to all that.”

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