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Mel And Sue Have Just Quit “Bake Off” With A Statement Filled With Baking Puns

The statement said: "We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps." BuzzFeed News understands that Love Productions plans to continue without them.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have decided to step down as the presenters of The Great British Bake Off.

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The news comes the day after it was revealed that Bake Off will leave the BBC at the end of the year.

The production company that makes the programme, Love Productions, decided not to renew their contract with the broadcaster.

Mel and Sue issued a joint statement that said:

We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 million at its peak.

We've had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

We're not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.

BuzzFeed News reached out to representatives for Mel and Sue for any further comments. A representative for Mel said that she "will 100% NOT be doing any further press."

Love Productions issued their own statement about Mel and Sue's departure:

We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4.

BuzzFeed News understands that Love Productions is continuing to work towards a new series on Channel 4, despite Mel and Sue leaving the show. A source said that their decision to leave was not much of a surprise, but they are disappointed.

And a Channel 4 spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: “We fully respect Mel and Sue’s decision.”

The spokesperson wouldn't answer any further questions about Mel and Sue leaving the show and whether this news was a surprise to them.

Just 24 hours ago, Sue retweeted the BBC's statement suggesting that Bake Off should remain on BBC One.

There has been a big reaction to the news on Twitter, including from ex-bakers of the show.

Without Mel and Sue it just isn't Bake Off. @Channel4 has just bought a tent. #GBBO

Well that's the end of that. Mel and Sue are the true stars of the show - irreplaceable 💔 #GBBO #MelAndSue

Many people have come out in support.

Good for @MelGiedroyc and @sueperkins for standing their ground! Huge respect X

Well, I for one hope @BBCOne reward Mel and Sue’s loyalty thrice over. And then a bit more. And then a bit more. #GBBO

And there's outrage that the most watched programme in the UK is going through a bit of a meltdown.

The Great British Bake-Off story is this generation's Brexit.

Remember when everyone was all 'yey the bake off is back so everything is going to be ok in the world'

C4 bought a car unseen off the Internet and is now wondering why it's just been delivered with only two wheels. #GBBO

Mel and Sue will still be on Bake Off for the rest of the series on BBC One, so enjoy it while it lasts.

BBC / Love Productions
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