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Bake Off controversy sees 800 complaints to BBC

Bake Off controversy sees 800 complaints to BBC
Staff Reporter
29 August 2014

The BBC has received over 800 complaints from viewers who thought that Iain Watters, a contestant in BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off, was unfairly dismissed from the series.

Watters, a construction engineer from Northern Ireland, left the show earlier this week after failing to present a finished desert to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

He threw his Baked Alaska in the bin after it was left out of a fridge by rival contestant Diana Beard.

Beard was blamed by some viewers for Iain Watters' elimination. She was the victim of a subsequent social media storm against her, but Beard claimed to have been "stitched up" by the way the programme was edited.

Beard has also left the show, but the BBC said her exit was due to illness, not a controversy over the latest episode.

The BBC said she was taken ill before the subsequent episode was filmed and will not be seen again in this series.

All episodes of the series, made by Love Productions, were filmed between April and June.

The BBC has issued a statement which took issue with the compaints: “We were contacted by viewers who felt that Iain was unfairly eliminated from The Great British Bake Off after another contestant removed his baked Alaska from the freezer.”

“As shown in the episode, Iain became the fourth baker to leave the tent because he didn't present Mary and Paul with anything to judge in the showstopper challenge and both judges were very clear about the reasoning behind the decision.”

“Due to the extreme temperature in the tent that day, many of the bakers struggled to get their ice cream to set as seen in the episode.  Diana removing Iain's ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain's departure.”

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