‘The Great British Bake Off’ Star Mary Berry Segues to U.S. Version

Leo Barraclough
Variety

British TV star Mary Berry, who created headlines when she quit as a judge on the U.K.’s most popular show, “The Great British Bake Off,” is to appear on the U.S. version of the format.

Berry will adjudicate alongside pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini on “The Great American Baking Show,” which is hosted by “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” actress Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez.

During the eight-episode season, Berry and Iuzzini will seek out America’s best amateur baker, with 10 contestants taking part. Berry also appeared in the first iteration of the U.S. show, which was titled “The Great Holiday Baking Show.” “The Great American Baking Show” airs on ABC from Friday.

The U.S. show is made by Love Productions, the same production company that created its British counterpart. The company stirred up a tempest when it pulled the U.K. show away from the BBC after receiving a better offer from rival broadcaster Channel 4. Berry resigned, writing: “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.”

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