Bake Off drama continues as Mel and Sue quit as hosts.

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have quit as hosts of The Great British Bake Off , following hte news that Love Productions have sold the rights to Channel 4.

The duo have fronted the show since it began on BBC Two in 2010.  A joint statement 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... we're not going with the dough."

The statement continued: "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 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."

The BBC fell £10m short of the amount of money required to keep The Great British Bake Off, BBC News understands.

The corporation is thought to have offered £15m per year to keep the programme on the BBC.

That would have been double the amount the BBC currently pays for the show and its sister programmes such as An Extra Slice and the Sport Relief specials.

But it is understood Love Productions refused to entertain any offers below £25m per year.

It is not yet known whether Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will follow Mel and Sue out of the tent...