Great British Bake Off ice-cream controversy: BBC release a statement

Published Thursday, Aug 28 2014, 14:02 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Great British Bake Off's Diana Beard removed Iain Watters' ice-cream from the freezer "for less than a minute", the BBC has confirmed.

Bosses have waded in to the current controversy after Diana was accused of deliberately "sabotaging" Iain's Baked Alaska in last night's episode.

Great British Bake Off 2014: Iain

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The Women's Institute member was seen taking his ice-cream out of a freezer and placing it on the side. Seconds later, Iain was filmed almost in tears and throwing it in the bin. He was consequently sent home.

Viewers were given the impression that his ice-cream had been left on the side for a long period of time, however the BBC insist this is incorrect.

In a statement, the BBC said: "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."

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


It continued: "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."

As the drama unfolded on BBC One last night (27 August), viewers began venting their feelings on Twitter. Diana, who is the oldest contestant to ever take part in the show, was even branded 'Dirty Diana' by some users.

GBBO host Sue Perkins was quick to defend her, tweeting: "Iain's Alaska was out of the freezer for 40 secs. That's it. No sabotage. 40 secs of normal temp would NOT be enough to reduce it to liquid."

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


Judge Paul Hollywood added: "At the end of the day, Mary and I need something to judge. It's not about melted ice cream but about what's presented to US... #bingate."

Since then, Diana herself has spoken out and blamed the dramatic scenes on "very bad editing", saying: "I was utterly confounded with that last night. It didn't happen like that.

"I've no idea why they did that and it's very unfortunate." She also added that the ice-cream was out of the freezer for 40 seconds.

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