The current ‘Bake Off’ judge has been with the show for seven series, but announced last week that she would be stepping down when it switches to Channel 4 in 2017, out of “loyalty” to the BBC.
And while she’s said she has hopes that her friend and fellow judge Paul Hollywood will do a good job on the new channel, Mary claims that it won’t be the ‘Bake Off’ as we know it.
Speaking at the National Reality TV Awards, where she was one of the night’s winners, she told reporters: “I think it’ll be different, and, I’m sure, very successful. And Paul will carry them through.”
Similarly, she told The Sun: “I’m sure it’ll be very successful with Paul. Wait and see…”
Paul was recently forced to clarify that there were no hard feelings between himself and Mary, after his official statement about moving to Channel 4 thanked the crew and presenters Mel and Sue, but made no mention of his fellow judge.
He later insisted: “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.
“Knowing her as well as I do, I am sure she has made the right decision for her. I will miss her.”
Mel and Sue have also chosen not to return to the show, with reports suggesting they could be teaming up with Mary on a rival show, which may even be on our screen before ‘Bake Off’ debuts on Channel 4 in 2017.