British TV chef Paul Hollywood has signed a three-series deal with The Great British Bake Off ahead of its move to Channel 4, the network has claimed, after news came that Mary Berry had quit the series due to 'loyalty' to BBC One.
It was also revealed earlier this month that hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins would be quitting the show after the series that's currently airing.
Hollywood said: "Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.
"The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we've seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other.
"It's been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn't turn my back on all that - the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.
"So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding."
According to MailOnline, Hollywood turned up at Channel 4 for secret meetings in a blacked-out car, and was chaperoned into the building via the back entrance to stop any speculation.
Channel 4 has signed on for three years to host The Great British Bake Off.
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