Paul Hollywood to stay with Great British Bake Off despite departure of Mary Berry

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has signed a deal to remain with the show for the next three series, it has been announced.

The news was broken by Channel 4, which has bought the rights to the show from the BBC. In a statement Hollywood said he was "delighted" to be staying with the show. 

Hollywood's new role was revealed shortly after news that Mary Berry was quitting the show out of "loyalty" to the BBC.

Berry described Bake Off as "a unique and brilliant format from day one" but added that she was "just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change".

The Mirror reports that Hollywood had a meeting with Channel 4 presenters at the company's headquarters earlier this week.

Hollywood has previously worked on several BBC and ITV shows, as well as being head baker at a number of top hotels.