Great British Bake Off presenters Mel and Sue have released a statement saying they will not move across to Channel 4 when the show moves in 2017

Award-winning Great British Bake Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will not be going to Channel 4 when the hit baking programme moves in 2017.

Mel and Sue released a joint statement stepping down as hosts.

It 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.

“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.”

Bake Off producers Love Productions responded: “We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4.”