Fans of The Great British Bake Off were left unimpressed last year when it was announced that the BBC favourite will be moving to Channel 4 as of this year.
Hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins immediately announced that they won’t be moving with the show, with judge Mary Berry shortly following suit.
Now the 81-year-old baking legend has admitted that she wasn’t even asked to return to the show by Channel 4 after she craftily avoided meeting with them.
Asked if she was ever tempted to move with the show, Mary told The Radio Times magazine: “Well, I avoided being asked.
“It was suggested what would happen if I did go to Channel 4; what I would get, the advantages. But I didn’t ever have a meeting with them.
“I’d made up my mind. To me it’s an honour to be on the BBC. I was brought up on it.”
Mary went on to hint that she was disappointed that her co-judge, Paul Hollywood, agreed to accept the eye-watering fee to move to Channel 4.
She diplomatically shared: “I would always stand by him. Paul and I had our differences about what was important to us but he is a brilliant bread-maker and I admired him a lot.”
Paul and Mary were the judges on the show ever since it launched on the BBC back in 2010.
It is unknown who will be replacing Mary on Channel 4 but 76-year-old restaurateur Prue Leith recently confirmed that she was in the running to join the show.