The Great British Bake Off—better known in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show—announced earlier this week that it is leaving its longtime home on the BBC after negotiations with the production company fell through. Tuesday brought another devastating blow to fans of the hit reality-television show: Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, the comedy duo who have hosted Bake Off since the beginning, will not be following the show to its new spot on Channel 4.
“We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home,” the co-hosts announced in a joint statement. “We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was. 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 nearly 15 million at its peak.”
BBC reportedly offered Love Productions £15 million to keep Bake Off on the network, but the production company was apparently holding out for a higher offer. The show, which sees amateur bakers compete against one another to make various cakes, tarts, and pies, is a cult favorite, especially in the U.K., where it has spawned spin-offs such as Junior Bake Off and behind-the-scenes series An Extra Slice.
As hosts, Perkins and Giedroyc played the role of wry but big-hearted viewer surrogate; they were casual and fun and always sympathetic toward the contestants, armed with an abundant supply of food-themed double entendre. Fittingly, they wrapped up their statement with a volley of baking puns: “We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”
It is not yet known whether judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will remain with the show.