You won’t believe how much Mary Berry was offered to move to Channel 4

Hands up who’s going to need therapy after hearing that Mel, Sue AND Mary are leaving Bake Off for pastures new?

Yep, thought so.

It’s been a good 72 hours since Mazza announced that she’ll be leaving GBBO after this series, and we’re still not quite sure what to do with ourselves.

But while we’re all incredibly upset, we have to commend her loyalty to the BBC. She might be the official face of the Bake Off, but that means nothing to our Mary.

In a statement about her departure, she said:

“What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.”

She continued:

“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.

Mary then finished her intention to resign with this teary statement:

“I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it. Farewell to soggy bottoms.”

Oh Mary, stop it.

What makes Mazza’s decision to leave even more heartwarming, though, is the fact that she’s rumoured to have turned down a whopping £7 million deal in favour of loyalty.

Just to confirm, that’s 7 MILLION shiny British pounds – enough to buy several puppies, a lifetime supply of Kylie Lip Kits, or a two bed cupboard under the stairs in central London.

While it seems like a lot of dough (pun totally intended), if you take into consideration the fact that Channel 4 have already paid an impressive £75 million for what seems like pretty much nothing right now, it’s hardly surprising that they wanted to keep Mary at any price.

Thankfully, rumours of a new BBC show featuring Mary, Mel and Sue have now surfaced (CYA PAUL), and we’re crossing our fingers, toes and paws that it’ll happen.

For now, though, we’re off to go and drown our sorrows in a good, old-fashioned Charlotte Russe.

What do you think of Mary’s decision to stay loyal to the BBC? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Written by Rachel Ellen Pugh

Rachel is the publisher at Maximum Pop! Having graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA in English Literature, Drama & Film, Rachel started her media career working in several different start-ups and newsrooms.

Rachel joined MP! after seeing the opportunity to build the site's social channels, and now likes to shout about them wherever possible.

When she's not managing all things MP!, Rachel can be found chasing strangers' dogs for attention, annoying the rest of the team with Ru Paul GIFs, and attempting to become the Mary Berry she knows she is. And failing.

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