The Great British Bake Off might have lost it’s presenter, one half of it’s judging team, and its channel. But the BBC has a plan to make a new show which sounds very similar…
Channel 4 have confirmed Paul Hollywood will be part of the new show, but the rest of the gang have not moved with the money.
However, The Mirror is reporting that the BBC is already planning to reunite Mary Berry with Bake Off’s presenting duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in a new show.
And, because of a clause in the BBC’s contract – the show could air before the new Channel 4 series.
“We have not ruled anything out and we could well reunite Mel, Sue and Mary,” a source told The Guardian.
“And yes, we could probably get a show out before Channel 4, if we chose to do so. We are looking lots of ideas, although we are not yet ready to make an announcement.”
It also looks like This Morning and ex-Saturday Kitchen host James Martin could replace Paul.
Announcing her departure from Bake Off earlier on Thursday, Mary Berry graciously thanked her co-workers: “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.
“What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change – I hope they understand my decision.
“The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter. I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottom.”
The Great British Bake Off is expected to debut on Channel 4 next year with celebrity version for Stand Up to Cancer, before airing a full series in 2018.