GBBO has officially moved to Channel 4. But not *everyone* is particularly happy about it...
We might be being a little dramatic, but this whole Great British Bake Off business has totally knocked us for six.
In the most shocking news since Brexit (we mean, it’s being dubbed Breadxit), it’s been confirmed that the current series will be the last broadcast on the BBC. WHAAAT?
Basically, Love Productions (which makes Bake Off) had signed a three-year deal with the channel. But Love has now said it’s been ‘unable to reach agreement on terms to renew the commission’.
In a statement, the company said it had faced issues with ‘money’ and ‘the development of the brand’ during a year-long negotiation, with a last-ditch meeting on Monday failing to resolve things.
It thanked the BBC for ‘the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit’ and ‘the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it’.
The BBC had previously said: ‘Working with Love Productions, we have grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today.
‘We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC’s resources are not infinite.’
They also added that they ‘hoped Love Productions would change their mind’. But ultimately, that wasn’t to be. *Sniff*.
As if this wasn’t enough to get our heads around, it’s now been announced that Bake Off has already been scooped up by another channel.
It will now be shown on Channel 4, with Love signing a deal just hours after negotiations with the BBC fell through.
Jay Hunt – Channel 4’s chief creative officer – has said: ‘Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off.
‘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.’
So will judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc come along for the ride? Well, they’re yet to comment.
However, Paul had previously said on an episode of Top Gear: ‘As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself are concerned we want to stay on the BBC.’
Hmm. It’s safe to say viewers have mixed opinions. Angry Tweets include: ‘Bake Off with ads. Sooooo wrong!’ ‘Tbh if Paul and Mary don’t move to Channel 4 with the Bake Off I won’t watch it ✋🏾🖕🏼,’ and: ‘RIP Bake Off.’
But others are a little more hopeful. One wrote: ‘In today’s world of digital and online TV, is the channel so important? #bakeoff.’
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