BBC producers have confirmed that the Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has left the show on the grounds of illness.
The 69 year old member of the Women’s Institute quit the show on the night before episode five was filmed, however the BBC have made an effort to clarify that her leaving was not due to the controversy over the Baked Alaska Scandal in the last episode, where Iain Watters’ ice cream was taken out of the freezer during the final task.
This had led to Iain’s ice cream melting, leading to him throwing what was left in bin and having to leave the competition, due to having nothing to show to the judges.
Some viewers blamed Diana for the elimination of Iain, altering her Wikipedia page to call her an ‘ice-cream melting super villain’ and also the hashtag #bingate being born, however Diana has claimed in an interview that she had been “stitched up” by the way that the programme was edited.
“I’m disappointed with the way it’s been portrayed,” she said. “I’ve been stitched up, haven’t I?
“We were 12 amateur bakers, no prize money involved. Why would I sabotage Iain’s Baked Alaska? This has made it look like some cutthroat competition. I think someone’s culpable for the editing, really.”
Even so, since the Bake Off was shot last spring, it is impossible that it was the recent controversy that prompted Diana to leave.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight on Thursday night Watters said that he had no idea his fellow contestant had removed the ice cream, also adding, “I don’t hold any grudge against Diane. I think it was just done in the heat of the moment.”
Celebrities connected to the show came to the defence of Diana, included Sue Perkins and Paul Hollywood tweeting below.
All getting a little inflamed for my liking. Am off. This is a show about CAKES. Please, let's save the ire for real stuff. Peace & out x
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) August 27, 2014
At the end of the day Mary & I need something to judge, it's not about melted ice cream but about what's presented to US… #bingate
— Paul Hollywood (@PaulHollywood) August 27, 2014