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Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood reveals he had no idea Mary Berry was quitting

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Earlier this week, Mary Berry – aka the Queen of Cakes – announced that she was quitting the Great British Bake Off out of loyalty to the BBC.

And her co-star, Paul Hollywood, was just as shocked as the rest of us.

The master baker has revealed that he had no idea that his fellow judge was quitting the show - which is why, when he revealed his intentions to stick with Bake Off when it moved to Channel 4, he didn't thank her along with everyone else.

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It read: “I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4.

"I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.”

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

After some fans accused him of 'snubbing' Berry, Hollywood felt compelled to release a second statement clarifying the situation.

In it, he said: "When I spoke about my news earlier on, I did not know what Mary was saying about her decision, and more importantly had not been able to speak to her.

"Let there be no doubt: I have loved every minute of my time working with Mary. I have learned so much from her and we are great friends inside and outside the tent.

"That will not change.”

Hollywood added: “Knowing her as well as I do, I am sure she has made the right decision for her. I will miss her."

He also updated his Twitter to pay tribute to his beloved “Bezza”.

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While some Bake Off fans have been appeased by Hollywood’s explanation, plenty are still fuming over his “disloyalty” to the BBC.

Many have suggested that he should have, like Berry and presenters, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, refused to “go with the dough”.

However none have been quite so scathing about his decision as former Great British Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh.

The 2013 runner-up took to Twitter to have her say on the situation – and she really laid into Hollywood.

Dubbing him a “peacocking manchild”, she accused him of turning up to work in a “rental Lamborghini” and “lingering wherever the money is”.

No love lost between those two, then.

Despite claims to the contrary, Hollywood has said that his decision to stay with the show was not due to enticing offers of increased wages by Channel 4.

It was, rather, due to his love for everything the show is, has achieved, and will (he hopes) continue to achieve in its new home.

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“Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.

"The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we've seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other.

"It's been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn't turn my back on all that - the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.

"So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding."

You can read Mary Berry's full statement about quitting Bake Off here.


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End of an era: Mary Berry quits Great British Bake Off

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