Everyone's favourite show is moving to Channel 4
As many of you GBBO fans will already know, this morning we woke up to a – The Great British Bake Off is leaving the BBC.
Yes, despite seven series on the BBC, the rights to GBBO have been sold by Love Production, the company behind the show to Channel 4 for a whopping £75million.
In a statement, the BBC said: ‘GBBO is a quintessentially BBC programme. We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad free on BBC One.’
It turns out everyone whole-heartedly agrees, including co-host Sue Perkins, who immediately retweeted the BBC’s statement.
This was soon followed by an announcement confirming that both Sue and Mel won’t be following the show to Channel 4 (cue gasps of horror) What will the show be without all their excellent innuendos? We shudder to think…
So far Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry have yet to comment, but there’s now a big question mark as to whether they’ll stick with the show or not if it moves to Channel 4.
Having a full-on meltdown yet? You’re not alone – countless fans have taken to twitter to express their opinions on the matter. Here are some of the best reactions online:
First there were those who saw the perfect opportunity for a classic GBBO pun:
There were lots of damning analogies:
Some took the news personally:
Other’s made some very valid points:
And of course, there was plenty of despair and outrage:
Thankfully, there’s now a petition to keep the Great British Bake Off on the BBC, which argues that where GBBO is aired ‘should not be about the best financial deal’
Explaining it’s purpose, the petition argues: ‘We want this programme to remain on fee based public service. A full hour not 45 mins with 15 mins of adverts! [sic]’.
Time to get signing…