'Great British Bake Off': 'Channel 4 Needs Paul Hollywood And Mary Berry', Says Winner John Whaite

'If the team jump ship, ‘Bake Off’ has had its day.'

‘Great British Bake Off’ winner John Whaite has admitted he doesn’t think its upcoming move to Channel 4 will spell the end for the show, provided producers don’t meddle too much with elements that have made it such a hit.

John appeared on Tuesday’s (13 September) ‘Good Morning Britain’ to discuss the shock news that ‘Bake Off’ was leaving the BBC, but he was insistent that viewers needn’t be angry about the announcement (at least, not yet).

<strong>John Whaite is one of the biggest 'Bake Off' success stories</strong>
John Whaite is one of the biggest 'Bake Off' success stories
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He told presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan: “Channel 4 knows how precious ‘Bake Off’ is. It’s a national institution - almost a bit like Christmas. They won’t change it.

“And I think people will like having three ad breaks a show. It will give them a chance to nip to the kitchen and get a cup of tea and chocolate biscuit - which is what people want when they’re watching a show like ‘Bake Off’.”

However, when it came to the current ‘Bake Off’ team of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and presenting duo Mel & Sue, he said it was important that all four stick with the show for it to continue its success.

<strong>The current 'Bake Off' team</strong>
The current 'Bake Off' team
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John continued: “Those four have made the show what it is… if they jump ship, ‘Bake Off’ has had its day.”

So far, it’s not known whether any of them making the jump to Channel 4, with Mary Berry saying the channel change was a decision beyond her control, and Sue Perkins appearing to lay down her loyalty with the BBC.

John Whaite won the third series of ‘Bake Off’ back in 2012, and has since gone on to achieve success in the culinary world, opening his own cookery school and even snagging a spot on ‘Lorraine’.

‘Good Morning Britain’ airs on weekdays on ITV.

Edd Kimber (winner, 2010)

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