Mary Berry says The Great British Bake Off will be a “success” on Channel 4
Mary Berry has announced that she believes The Great British Bake Off will still be a “success” when it moves to Channel 4 next year.
Mary Berry’s exit from the show came as a big shock to fans of the show earlier this month. When rival broadcaster Channel 4 bought the rights to Bake Off for £75m, Mary made the decision to turn her back on the programme out of “loyalty” to the BBC.
Despite her exit, Mary has stated that she believes the show will be successful on Channel 4. She may no longer be a judge, but she is convinced that Paul Hollywood has what it takes to make the baking programme a triumph, as her co-judge agreed to stay with the show when it transfers to Channel 4.
She spoke about Bake Off at the National Reality Television Awards on Thursday, commenting: “It’s going to be different but I’m sure Paul will carry it on successfully.”
Well, if Mary has given it the thumbs up then maybe it won’t be so bad after all. Perhaps change does not have to be a bad thing.
Mary’s own exit from the show came a matter of days after Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’ decision to leave one of Britain’s best-loved television programmes. However, Mary reassured viewers that the show will always retain its charm: “Mel and Sue are brilliant and we had a marvellous time on the programme and that’s how it will remain. You’ll never hear people swear. It’s a family programme. Mum, gran, everyone enjoys it and they all get down to baking afterwards. I’m proud of everyone. It gets 14 million [viewers] – more than the football!”
We hope she is right. But with three of our favourite faces gone and the introduction of television adds, the future of The Great British Bake Off is looking rather uncertain right now.
The Great British Bake Off continues Wednesday at 8pm on BBC One.