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'Like bread without butter' - Twitter reacts as Mary Berry quits the Great British Bake Off and Paul Hollywood follows the dough to Channel 4

The Internet reacts as Marry Berry quits the Great British Bake Off

Twitter has gone into meltdown at the news that Mary Berry won't be following the Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 while co-judge Paul Hollywood has signed a three-series deal with the broadcaster.

Bidding, "farewell to soggy bottoms," the longstanding host announced earlier that she was "so very sad," to be departing from the much-loved programme but conceded that she wouldn't jump ship out of loyalty to the BBC.

Less than an hour after the news was announced, Hollywood stole the limelight releasing a statement of his own declaring that he was "delighted," to be moving to the Channel 4.

Fans of the the baking phenomenon are less than impressed, with many taking to social media to declare that Berry's departure is the icing on the cake format.

Earlier this month, Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins issued a statement saying they would not be inking a deal with Channel 4, leaving some to point out today that all the network has effectively gained in the multimillion pound deal with Love Productions is the Bake Off tent, and Hollywood.

Others Bake Off lovers criticised the production company for following the dough.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood was subject to a fair share of criticism.

Although, some bakers did offer him a few words of encouragement.

The sadness was further offset by tweets commending Berry's loyalty to the BBC.

Celebrities started getting involved.

Non-Bake Off fans just didn't get it, and pointed out how ridiculous it was than Britain was whipping itself into a frenzy over a show about cakes, and had some other suggestions on what the judges should do with their time.

Love Productions released a statement saying it respected Berry's choice not to join the "next chapter of the Bake Off story."

We are immensely grateful to her for all her work and for her recognition today that Love Productions had made a unique and brilliant format from day one with Bake Off.

"The whole family, crew and team that made Bake Off for the BBC, and who will now make it just as brilliantly for C4, will miss her," it added.

Meanwhile, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore called the judge "an extraordinary woman, loved and adored by the British public," adding that the BBC was "her natural home."

Richard McKerrow, who is creative director at Love Productions said it was pleased that Hollywood was joining the lineup to "encourage, inspire and raise the occasional, quizzical eyebrow."

"Paul's presence will ensure the culture of Bake Off continues in the tent as it makes its move to Channel 4. We want to reiterate to Bake Off Fans that the show they love will remain wholly familiar, and that Channel 4 is a great place to make our show. Bake Off will be produced by the same team, in the same tent, with the same recipe," he finished.

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