GBBO's Diana Beard on Iain's ice-cream drama: "It was very bad editing"

Published Thursday, Aug 28 2014, 10:22 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Great British Bake Off's Diana Beard has hit back after she was accused of "sabotaging" Iain Watters' Baked Alaska on last night's show.

Pensioner Diana, who appeared to cause Iain's ice-cream to melt after removing it from the freezer, has branded the scenes as "bad editing" and insists she does not have a nasty bone in her body.

Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard

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Speaking on Free Radio this morning, Diana said: "I was utterly confounded with that last night. It didn't happen like that.

"I found Iain's ice-cream in my freezer, I asked whose it was, took it out and Iain took it away. It was not out of the freezer for more than 40 seconds.

"It wasn't long enough to do what it did. I think it was very bad editing. There is nothing I can do about it."

She added: "I've no idea why they did that and it's very unfortunate. I think the Bake Off is the worst for it."

Great British Bake Off fans revolt after Iain is sent home and Diana removes ice cream from freezer - 27 August 2014


Iain was sent home from GBBO last night as he had thrown the remains of his Baked Alaska in the bin. From what viewers saw, it appeared Diana had taken his ice-cream out of the freezer and left it on the side for some time.

However, Diana adds: "It was utter chaos in there and we were all struggling a bit. We were all allocated our freezer space, which was limited.

"Iain doesn't hold me responsible at all. If you knew me, you'd know that I don't have that sort of a bone in my body. I'm just stating my side of the case.

"This is just going to be whipped up into a storm that was not there really. We'll wait and see..."

Great British Bake Off fans revolt after Iain is sent home and Diana removes ice cream from freezer - 27 August 2014


Following the episode on BBC One, Diana was even being branded 'Dirty Diana' on social media sites.

However, Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood and presenter Sue Perkins have jumped to her defence.

While Sue also appeared to blame "bad editing", backing up Diana's claim that the ice-cream was out for no longer than 40 seconds, Paul said that he and Mary Berry needed something to judge.

Iain had only presented them with a bin.

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