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'Great British Bake Off': Mel and Sue to quit as hosts

Channel 4 have acquired rights to the cooking show from the BBC

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The Great British Bake Off presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have announced that they will step down when the show moves to Channel 4.

It was announced yesterday that the current series of The Great British Bake Off will be the last to air on the BBC, with Channel 4 securing rights to the show.

Mel and Sue have now released a statement, saying: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. 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. 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," they conclude.

The pair have fronted the show since 2010, alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, whose futures aren't known.

Great British Bake Off returned last month to a massive audience of 10.4m viewers - over a million up on its 2015 launch audience of 9.3m.

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