Former Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh has hit out against the BBC1 hit show's editors after the contoversy surrounding bingate in the most recent episode of the show's fourth series.
Tandoh, a runner-up in last year's series spoke out after people took to Twitter following Iain Watters' elimination. The amateur baker was eliminated from the contest due to failing to produce anything for the Showstopper round after binning his Baked Alaska, following the discovery that his ice cream had been left out of the freezer and had melted.
The show's editing suggested that 69-year-old Diana Beard (pictured) had removed Watters' ice cream from the freezer leading to fans making the hashtags #justiceforiain and #dirtydiana trend. However, it has since emerged that Diana may not have even been responsible for Iain's melted ice cream.
Commenting on the furore following the announcement that Diana has quit the show due to ill health, Ruby blasted the 'cavalier' attitude of the BBC programme's producers. She said: ''I'm gutted to see her go. Shame on the online lynch mobs and on the show's editors for letting a jolly Shropshire lass's Bake Off dreams end in a witch-hunt.''
''The only consolation is that she's not on Twitter to see what's being said,'' the university student and keen baker added.
''We'll never know exactly what happened in that tent, but I'd hazard a guess that apart from a few over-zealous hockey tackles many years ago at school, Diana's likely to have never done a malicious thing in her life.''
''If there was nastiness in the tent this week, it came in the form of making a humiliated Iain parade the dustbin – into which he'd dumped his baked alaska – to the judge's table. Nastiness was spinning a story that cast an old lady as a pantomime villain.''
Do you agree with Ruby? Were the show's editors wrong to present bingate in this manner or was Iain wrong to be sent home? Does Diana knead (sorry) to apologize?
The Great British Bake Off continues every Wednesday on BBC1 at 8pm.