Sue Perkins made the decision to quit Bake Off in a “heartbeat”

"It's very sad to say goodbye to something you love, but it's definitely the right decision for us"

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Sue Perkins has revealed it only took a “heartbeat” for her and Mel Giedroyc to decide to say goodbye to The Great British Bake Off when news broke that it was moving to Channel 4.

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Bake Off hosts Mel and Sue quit the show in September, commenting that they were “not going with the dough” after finding out the previous evening that it would be “moving from its home” at the BBC.

But the comedy duo didn’t even need to sleep on their decision.

Sue told BBC Radio 5 live: “We made the decision that felt right for us, and it was made in a heartbeat, really.

“For us the show was best at its original home and we made no secret of the fact that that’s where we wanted it to stay, and whilst I respect that it’s moved on, it was easy… well I say easy, of course it’s very sad to say goodbye to something you love, but it’s definitely the right decision for us.”

She added: “I was delighted to be part of it. Certainly in my career it’s the most extraordinary thing that I was gifted with… it was a very special, very unique, sort of mercurial show that had a sort of alchemy at its heart.”

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Sue, who will be presenting a travel series about the Ganges in the new year, also admitted she didn’t fully understand why the programme makers had felt the need to move the Bake Off to Channel 4.

“Ultimately I’m not a business person and business people make business decisions,” she said.

“I am somebody who wants to play and be silly and that’s not my world, so whilst it’s painful and whilst I don’t fully understand it, you have to respect the people that do business.”

The final series finished airing after the news had broken, but was filmed in the blissful days of summer.

“As far as I was concerned we’d be carrying on,” Sue explained. “So it’s nice in a way, it wasn’t filmed in a wistful way. It was filmed as business as usual, so there was no sense of what was to come when we were doing it.”

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Sue will be in the Bake Off tent one final time this Christmas with a two-part special, beginning on Christmas Day