Great British Bake Off Hosts Quit

TVLine Items: Bake Off Hosts Quit, SNL Adds 2, Homeland Casting and More

Can dough still rise when it’s filled with the tears of disappointed Great British Bake Off fans?

Hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not continue with the beloved competition series when it moves from BBC One to Channel 4 next year, BBC.com reports.

“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,” Perkins and Giedroyc said in a statement. “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.”

The program airs stateside on PBS as The Great British Baking Show.

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* Cartoon Network’s Regular Show will end after Season 8 (premiering Sept. 26), our sister site Deadline reports.

* Saturday Night Live has tapped male improv performer Alex Moffat and Latina impressionist/actor Melissa Villaseñor to join writer Mikey Day as new cast members for Season 42.

* Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) will recur during Season 6 of Homeland as FBI Special Agent Ray Conlin, our sister site Variety reports.

* There will be no rest for Judy Reyes following Devious Maids‘ cancellation. The actress has been cast in TNT’s nail salon hourlong dramedy pilot Claws, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* Crackle’s The Art of More will return for Season 2 on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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26 Comments
  1. Spence says:

    Absolutely devastating what’s happening to GBBO. If they’re going to mess with the format, they might as well just cancel it entirely.

  2. Kevin K says:

    Excited about Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor joining Mikey Day as the newest cast members on SNL. Have a feeling Villasenor could definitely become a breakout star on the long running sketch comedy series.

  3. iHeart says:

    wow I have never said this about an SNL casting addition before but I can’t wait for Melissa Villasenor on the show, her competing on America’s Got Talent 5 years ago still feels fresh in my mind

  4. Sarah says:

    GBBO is on BBC One in the UK, not BBC 2

  5. Lisa b says:

    GBBO is moving from BBC1 to Channel 4, not BBC2 :)

  6. HAP says:

    What does it say for the state of society when 15 million people watch the Great British Bake Off?

  7. Laura says:

    Gbbo is aired on BBC 1 it begun on BBC 2

  8. Ted says:

    Looking forward to the Great British Bake Off with Matt LeBlanc.

  9. B says:

    GBBO won’t be the same without Mel and Sue. I also wonder about the relationship with PBS here in the U.S. – will they continue to air it (even though they’re a year behind)? And how much will being on a commercial network change the feel of the show? Will Mary and Paul stay? I appreciate the choice Mel and Sue made. They will absolutely be missed. There’s more left up in the air with this change, however. It’s such a wonderful setup as it is. I do worry that the move away from BBC1 will alter it too much.

    • maggie says:

      I have the same worry. The show is perfect now, and I hope they don’t mess with it to make it more “edgy.”

    • Jake says:

      They should hire Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley and have them host the show as Patsy and Edina…I would so tune in and watch.

    • dman6015 says:

      If they lose the judges, too, they might as well not bother. This is the problem with BBC shows. They are struggling to stay afloat because of the tie to the British budget. It will be especially troublesome for all BBC-produced shows once Brexit occurs. You may see a LOT of popular shows either canceled or moved to the commercial side.