'Great British Bake Off' judge Mary Berry to quit, Paul Hollywood to continue when show leaves BBC

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The Great British Bake Off will also lose judge Mary Berry when the U.K. ratings hit moves from the BBC to Channel 4 after the end of the current season.

But Paul Hollywood on Thursday announced his plans to continue for three seasons when the U.K. ratings hit moves from the BBC to Channel 4 after the end of the current season.

The BBC announced the news of Berry after Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc previously said that they would quit as hosts of the show. They had all been known to prefer having the show stay with the BBC.

There was no immediate word on the future of fellow judge Paul Hollywood who, like Berry, has been understood to have been in talks with Channel 4.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Mary Berry arrives for the TVChoice Awards at The Dorchester on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Mary Berry arrives for the UK film premiere of 'The BFG' at Odeon Leicester Square on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Mary Berry attends Chelsea Flower Show press day at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Mary Berry (C) poses with daughter Annabel Hunnings (R) and grandchildren at the UK Premiere of 'The BFG' at Odeon Leicester Square on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Nadiya Hussain and Mary Berry at the fourth annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the awards celebrate the best in writing and broadcasting on food and drink, on May 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Fortnum & Mason )
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (L to R) Paolo Proto, Andy Devonshire, Mary Berry, Nadiya Hussain and Anna Beattie, winners of Best Feature award for 'The Great British Bake Off', pose in the winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Nadiya Hussain and Mary Berry arrive for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Mary Berry attends the Broadcasting Press Guild Television & Radio Awards at Theatre Royal on March 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Nadiya Hussain of the Bake Off receives the award for Best Challenge Show at the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Mary Berry attends the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 15: Mary Berry seen leaving the BBC Radio 2 Studios on December 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Mary Berry attends the Rose d'Or Awards at British Museum on December 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mary Berry attends the Opening Ceremony and first match of the Rugby World Cup 2015 between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW - It's a delicious addition to television this holiday season when 'The Great Holiday Baking Show' premieres on ABC, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Michael Bourdillon/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY IUZZINI, MARY BERRY, IAN GOMEZ, NIA VARDALOS
THE GREAT HOLIDAY BAKING SHOW - It's a delicious addition to television this holiday season when 'The Great Holiday Baking Show' premieres on ABC, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Michael Bourdillon/ABC via Getty Images) MARY BERRY, JOHNNY IUZZINI
BIRMINGHAM - JUNE 12: Mary Berry, CBE and Carol Klein attend the BBC Good Food Show / Gardeners World Live, held at the NEC on June 12, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by MelMedia/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Mary Berry attends the TV Choice Awards 2015 at Hilton Park Lane on September 7, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Mary Berry poses in the winners room at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Mary Berry arriving at the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena in London. (Photo by Zak Hussein/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Mary Berry attends the Sky Women In Film and TV Awards at London Hilton on December 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mary Berry attends A Night Of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards at the National Maritime Museum on December 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Mary Berry poses with the 'Food And Drink Book Of The Year' Award during the Specsavers National Book Awards at The Foreign Office on November 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Mary Berry attends the launch of the first, new permanent feature devoted to The Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on October 14, 2014 in Watford, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Sarah Hunnings and Mary Berry attends an exclusive charity preview screening of Downton Abbey at Empire Leicester Square on September 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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"What a privilege and honor it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off," Berry said in a statement issued by the BBC. "The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter."

She explained: "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. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision. I wish the program, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms."

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, said: "Mary is an extraordinary woman, loved and adored by the British public, and the BBC is her natural home. I've been very lucky to have had the pleasure of working with Mary over the last seven years and I'm so pleased that relationship will continue. She is an inspiration to generations, a real icon and I can't wait to cook up more unmissable shows with her in the future."

Read more: Half of U.K. TVs Tuning Into British Baking Show as ABC Renews American Edition

"We were very shocked and saddened" to learn that Bake Off would be moving, the hosts had said when they announced their departure. "We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was." They concluded: "We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success."

Channel 4 had announced a three-year deal for the show, estimated by some to be worth $99 million (75 million pounds). It said the first Bake Off content planned is a celebrity version of the show in 2017.

But the departure of much of the on-air team raises major questions about the future of the franchise.

A modest hit when it premiered in 2010 on BBC Two, the show was later moved to flagship channel BBC One and now ranks among the biggest shows in U.K. history.

The good-natured cooking competition (known, due to copyright issues, as The Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) returned for its seventh season on Aug. 24, drawing a whopping 10.4 million live viewers for a 47.5 share. That means nearly half of British TVs on during the hour were tuned in. That was a bigger percentage than the Rio Olympics. Nothing, save the Super Bowl (a 73 share) and the NFL conference championship games match that level of saturation with U.S. audiences. The Oscars and NBC's most-watched night of Olympics coverage couldn't reach a 40 share.

The show is produced by Love Productions, controlled by pan-European pay TV giant Sky, in which 21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake.

Read more: U.K. Ratings Juggernaut 'Great British Bake Off' to Move From BBC to Channel 4

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