Following the shock news that Mary Berry has stepped down from her role in The Great British Bake Off tent, her co-judge Paul Hollywood revealed he is staying on the series when it moves from the BBC to Channel 4.
The baker, 50, said in a statement that he is “delighted” to be continuing his role on the popular series.
He is the only original star of the show to be going, as presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have also jumped ship.
Conflicted. That Paul Hollywood twinkle...on Channel4 without the rest of 'em. I'd watch a bread show but not sure it's enough for #GBBO— SJ Azar (@sjgeek) September 22, 2016
Many fans on Twitter couldn’t help but compare it to this week’s other massive break-up: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry split is so much more tragic then Brad & Angelina— Cleo Higgins (@Cleohiggins_) September 22, 2016
First Brad and Angelina, now Paul and Mary. I can't deal with these break ups! 😭 #GBBO— JP ✨ (@Jatterson) September 22, 2016
There were plenty of people pointing out that Channel 4 had reportedly spent a lot of money on just a tent and Paul.
Love that "So Channel 4" is trending and you can find gold like "So Channel 4 have paid £25 mil for Paul Hollywood and a tent"— Will Patrikiadis (@williamp7) September 22, 2016
It’s 2017. Paul Hollywood enters an empty tent and shakes himself by the hand. Roll end credits. #GBBO— Adam Postans (@couchpotatoadam) September 22, 2016
So Channel 4 have bought a tent and Paul Hollywood for how much money?? 😂😂😂— Dr Sammie Buzzard ❄️ (@TreacherousBuzz) September 22, 2016
Twitter was awash with confused Bake Off fans, many of whom were really not impressed that he decided to make the move.
— A'L (@adamlea2) September 22, 2016
*shakes head* disappointed in Paul Hollywood but not surprised. Respect to Mary for her decision #GBBO— Gemma Harris 🍁🍁💥 (@gemmiejewel) September 22, 2016
This poignant drawing kind of says it all.