'I only do the things I love': Mary Berry confirms filming for her own cooking show... as Bake-Off makers 'head to court over block on Channel 4 rival'
She left fans heartbroken when she quit The Great British Bake Off after it moved to Channel 4.
But Mary Berry, 81, has revealed she is already filming her own cooking show for the BBC called Mary Berry Everyday, which will launch in the spring.
Meanwhile Bake-Off makers Love Productions are reportedly poised to launch a legal bid to air the programme on Channel 4 next year, instead of 2018.
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New horizons: Mary Berry, 81, has revealed she is already filming her own cooking show for the BBC called Mary Berry Everyday, which launches in the spring
Mary told The Mirror that she loved being a judge on Bake Off this year and she's equally pleased with filming her own series.
'I'm very lucky to do what I do, but I only do the things I really love,' she said. 'I love cooking – all sorts of cooking, not just baking.'
Mary’s show will air on BBC2, following her previous successes with Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites and Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking on the BBC.
The baking guru reportedly turned down a £7million offer to continue as a GBBO judge when the show switched broadcaster.
Legal battle? Meanwhile Bake-Off makers Love Productions are reportedly poised to launch a legal bid to air the programme next year instead of in 2018
While Paul Hollywood announced he will follow the show to Channel 4, Mary refused to out of 'loyalty to the BBC'.
Presenters Mel and Sue also dealt a major blow to the show's future by announcing they would not return to host.
Now the BBC believe it can block Love Productions from starting work on the much-discussed new series until at least 12 months from the airing of the final episode on the BBC.
An industry expert explained that the situation is more complicated than people may realise.
No longer a team: Presenters Mel and Sue also dealt a major blow to the show's future by announcing they would not return to host
The insider told The Mirror: 'The BBC have what is known in the trade as a hold-back clause - it's something they insist on as standard with all their shows.'
They added however, that the BBC holds commercial rights for GBBO for several years, despite losing the show.
'They're duty bound by their own policy to maximise the commercial return on their own intellectual property rights - which covers merchandise - and keeping 'Bake Off' away from screens is not going to help with that.
Initially, Channel 4 had anticipated they would have to wait until 2018 to broadcast a series of the show in full.
The BBC lost the rights to Bake Off following seven series after programme-maker Love Productions struck a three-year deal with Channel 4 worth a reported £75million.
However the presenters' and judges' contracts needed to be negotiated separately.
End of an era! The BBC lost the rights to Bake Off following seven series after programme-maker Love Productions struck a three-year deal with Channel 4 worth a reported £75million
Announcing her decision, Berry said it had been a 'privilege and honour' to 'be part of seven years of magic in a tent'.
The judge, who is paid £500,000 to be on the show, is understood to have turned down a £7million offer from Channel 4, the Popbitch mailout reported.
In a statement today, Berry said: 'The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.
'My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.
'I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.
She added: 'Farewell to soggy bottoms.'
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