There is widespread devastation at the news that Mary Berry will be leaving The Great British Bake Off when the programme moves from the BBC to Channel 4.
The queen of baking is following in the footsteps of presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and has said she is standing down due to loyalty to the BBC.
In her statement, she admitted she felt “sad for the audience”, as they “may not be ready for change”.
She added: “I hope they understand my decision.”
The 81-year-old TV star was right, as within seconds of the news breaking, Twitter was awash with remorseful messages shared from her fans.
GBBO will not be the same without Mary Berry💔— rhiane (@rhianelouiseX) September 22, 2016
doing my make up and my mum shouts upstairs that mary berry has quit bake off and now i just don't know what to do with myself— Georgia (@_georgiamae_) September 22, 2016
The UK population right now over the sad news that Mary Berry has quit Bake OFF #GBBO Oh dear C4 has wasted £25 million on just a tent😂😂 pic.twitter.com/4oqygpbGdn— Asif H (@Asif_H786) September 22, 2016
i cannot believe mary berry has quit bake off, i am distraught— Emma (@emmalanesx) September 22, 2016
Mary Berry quitting the bake off 😦 we need world peace— Monet (@monet_rive) September 22, 2016
Former contestants from Bake Off pitched in, including outspoken stars Richard Burr and Martha Collison.
But, most of all, it was just utter sadness. Soggy bottomed, ridiculous sadness.
"The Great British Bake Off without Mary Berry is like Eton mess without the fruit"— Hannah Lord (@hannahmaylord) September 22, 2016
Mary, we’ll miss you.
So … Paul Hollywood, what are you saying?