GBBO's Diana Beard 'QUITS' show after Iain Watters controversy

Published Thursday, Aug 28 2014, 16:34 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Great British Bake Off's Diana Beard has quit the show following the Iain Watters Baked Alaska controversy, according to reports.

The Telegraph this afternoon states that the pensioner walked away from the BBC One show due to "ill health" and not because of the #BinGate controversy, as it has become known.

Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard

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Apparently, 69-year-old Women's Institute member Diana fell ill the night before the contestants filmed the next episode in the spring and decided not to continue with the show.

A statement released to the newspaper read: "The night before episode five, Diana made a decision not to come back. This is not connected in any way to what happened in episode four."

Reveal has also contacted a Great British Bake Off rep for a comment.

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


Earlier today (28 August), Diana spoke to her local radio station and did not mention that she had left the show.

Speaking about last night's instalment, which left millions of viewers thinking she had removed Iain's ice cream from the freezer for a long period, Diana insisted it was a case of "very bad editing".

Holding back tears, Diana said: "I was utterly confounded with that last night. It didn't happen like that.

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


"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."

The BBC also released a statement, confirming that Iain's ice-cream had been out of the freezer for less than one minute, while GBBO judge Paul Hollywood and host Sue Perkins defended Diana on Twitter.

Baker Iain, meanwhile, tweeted: "I have seen all the controversy and I don't hold Diana responsible in any way. There are no grudges, we are still friends and keep in contact regularly."

Iain was sent home by Mary Berry and Paul after presenting them with a bin, which contained the remains of his Baked Alaska.

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