Mel And Sue Share Their 'Only Regret' About Quitting Great British Bake Off

The presenting pair decided not to stay with Bake Off when it moved to Channel 4 in 2017.

Mel and Sue have admitted their decision to step down as hosts of the Great British Bake Off is a difficult one to look back on, in the lead-up to this year’s series.

The comedy duo hosted Bake Off for its first seven years on the air, but made the decision to quit the show when it made the jump from the BBC to Channel 4.

Speaking to The Times, Sue Perkins admitted she’s not watched Bake Off since she stopped presenting it, revealing she thinks it “would make me sad”.

“We gave it everything we had and we made a decision that was easy to make, but hard sometimes to reflect upon,” Sue said. “You just wish it well.”

Mel and Sue on their short-lived ITV daytime show in 2015
Mel and Sue on their short-lived ITV daytime show in 2015
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Mel Giedroyc then added: “But also, and I know this sounds disingenuous, but I have only just watched our series.

“I have watched bits and bobs. I am very late to the game. But I haven’t watched The Wire yet, either.”

Later in the interview, Mel and Sue commented that had Bake Off not moved to Channel 4, they imagine they’d have hosted it as long as Mary Berry remained as a judge.

Sue explained: “I think we would have done 10 years, something like that. A 10-year anniversary and then Mary would have maybe gone on to pastures new and we would have left with her.”

“That’s my only regret, that Mary didn’t get her anniversary show,” Mel agreed.

Mary Berry
Mary Berry
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Sue also suggested that while she does feel some “wistfulness” about Bake Off, she feels the show “peaked” during Nadiya Hussain’s series.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig took over as hosts of Bake Off after Mel and Sue announced their departure, with Matt Lucas currently up for his second series as co-presenter.

Bake Off returns for its 12th series on Channel 4 on Tuesday, with 12 contestants hoping to follow in Peter Sawkins’ footsteps.

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