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Great British Bake Off: Mel and Sue to leave show when it moves to Channel 4

Presenting duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not return to host the Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4, a spokeswoman confirmed.

The pair have fronted the show since it first aired on BBC2 in 2010, alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 million at its peak.

We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.

– Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will step down as hosts of The Great British Bake Off. Credit: PA

The presenters have been a formidable team, with their "good cop, bad cop" approach and their many double entendres.

Their innuendo-laced references to things such as soggy bottoms and hot baps, as well as comments such as "You have got two hours to pop Mary's cherry ... ", have been a hit with viewers.

On Monday the BBC said it would love to have kept Bake Off, but it had not been able to afford it.

According to BBC News, the corporation is believed to have offered Love Productions, the producers of the popular baking programme, £15 million per year to keep the show but Channel 4 has reportedly agreed to pay £25 million a year for a three-year deal.

Channel 4 said it was "very proud" to be the new home for the series.

It is not yet known if Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will stay as judges on the show when it moves.