Paul Hollywood to remain on Great British Bake Off as Mary Berry quits
Paul Hollywood has confirmed he is to stay with the Great British Bake Off when it changes channel, despite Mary Berry quitting the show.
The chef said he would be "delighted" to remain with the show that had been a huge part of his life when it moves to Channel 4.
He 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."
Love Productions announced that the Bake Off was to move to Channel 4 last week, after the BBC lost its rights to the most-watched programme of 2015.
Hollywood's announcement follows after Mary Berry announced her intention to stay with the BBC.
She said she was quitting the show out of loyalty and would be staying with the broadcaster.
Announcing the decision, she said: "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."
She added: "Farewell to soggy bottoms."
Berry follows hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins out of the GBBO tent in 'loyalty' to the BBC.
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