The darling of food television, The Great British Bake Off, has had a rough couple days. Following the decision to leave BBC for Channel 4, two beloved hosts — Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc — decided to quit on Tuesday. In a joint statement, Perkins and Giedroyc noted that they "were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home" and that they were "not going with the dough."
According to the Guardian, BBC was unable to meet the financial demands of Love Productions, the production company that makes the show. Channel 4 was able to secure a three-year deal in negotiations. The creative officer for Channel 4, Jay Hunt, was thrilled by the deal. "I'm delighted we have been able to partner with the hugely talented team at Love Productions to keep this much-loved show on free-to-air television," Hunt explains.
Apparently the four hosts were not consulted in the negotiations, and were shocked to learn that BBC would no longer be the home of the Great British Bake Off. As a result, Perkins and Giedroyc decided to quit. No word as to what Berry and Hollywood will do in the fallout.