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19 September 2016updated 03 Aug 2021 12:27pm

Did Steven Moffat blast The Great British Bake Off at the Emmys?

“Thank you to the BBC, who we love above all bakery. British people will get that.”

By media mole

It’s not often that the world of American TV seems cuddlier than its British counterpart, but with Bake Off in jeopardy, all bets are off. The Great British Bake Off Debate of 2016 makes Jeremy Clarkson punching a Top Gear colleague look like some playful pub arm wrestle – it’s in the powder-white Marquee of Doom that blood is truly shed.

So it should not be too surprising that the cattiest moment at this year’s Emmy Awards in LA came when British TV writer Steven Moffat accepted an award for Sherlock – and couldn’t resist referring to The Great British Bake Off’s multi-million pound move to Channel 4.

“Thank you to the BBC,” he said, “who we love above all bakery. British people will get that.”

Speaking to the Press Association later in the night, Moffat added:

“We have had offers […] that’s not what it’s about. It should never be about that. I think the BBC was quite right not to reward greed. It’s wrong.”

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Ouch. Looks like Moffat is Team Mel and Sue on this one.