Mary Berry has announced that she is stepping down from her role as a judge on Great British Bake Off.
Like presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, the veteran food writer will not be following the hugely popular show to Channel 4 next year.
“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,” she said in a statement.
“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.”
She added: “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 bottoms.”
Berry’s fellow judge Paul Hollywood is now the only member of the four-strong Bake Off on-screen team whose future on the show remains uncertain.
It was announced earlier this month (September) 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 from 2017.