The Great British Bake Off offers nail-biting drama and eye-catching bakes – but there are also vicious backstabbing and foul claims on the show.
The show debuted on the BBC in 2010 with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as well as hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroic.
But it was controversially bought out by Channel 4 – as was one of its judges, Brad Whiz Paul.
The broadcaster paid a whopping £75m to take Bake Off from their home, with producers Love Productions receiving four times what the broadcaster paid for.
Sue and Mel admitted they were “shocked and saddened” to discover the news and explained that they “made no secret” of their desire for the show to be where it was.
He was replaced by Sandy Toksvig and Noel Fielding, while Mary also left, leaving Paul to remain as the sole face of the show – and the audience branding him a “traitor” was enough to forgive him for it. Took time
Accusations of cheating, custard-theft and freezer-rigging have also rocked the show, making it one of the most scandalous TV contests ever.
Ian Waters kicked out of the show in 2014 after angrily throwing his Boat Baked Alaska into the bin.
The construction engineer refused to present his creation to the judges after the ice cream melted and it fell into a muddy mess.
However, he insisted he was not to blame, accusing fellow contestant Diana Beard of taking her ice cream out of the freezer in a fit of rage.
The nation was filled with righteous indignation, accusing Diana of trying to ‘sabotage’ Ian’s dessert and even calling for her to be arrested.
Judges Paul and Mary also came under fire for kicking Ian from the show when it emerged that two of the bake-off freezers were broken, leaving hopes with nowhere to store their items.
The BBC released a statement insisting that Ian’s Beck had been left out of the freezer for less than a minute, and that the reason he was terminated was because he failed to present something to the judges. .
Diana, who received a horrific attack of abuse online, said she had been made a “scapegoat” by the show owners, criticizing the editing.
“I am disappointed with the way it is portrayed,” she told BBC Radio Shropshire. “I’m sewn, right?
“We were 12 amateur bakers, there’s no prize money involved. Why would I break Ian’s Baked Alaska?
“It’s made it look like some cut throat competition,” she continued. “I think someone’s actually to blame for the editing.”
Pru Leith Leek Winner
In 2017, Prue ruined Christmas by accidentally revealing the Bake Off winner 12 hours before the show aired.
In a cock-up of epic proportions, she congratulated winner Sophie Faldo at 10:37 a.m. on the day of the final after mixing up her time zones.
“No one told me it would be so emotional to judge the GBBO Finals. I wanted them all to win. Bravo Sophie,” she tweeted and then swiftly deleted.
But the damage was done, and viewers were furious about the spoiler.
Explaining his mistake, Pru said that he is in Bhutan, South Asia and felt that the show had already aired in the UK.
“I thought they got it six hours ago. I’m in too much of a position to talk about it. I f***** up,” she told PA.
Allegations of bias ‘case’
When Ruby came runner-up in series four, some ruthlessly suggested that she only got to that point by having an affair with Paul.
Paul was actually married to his ex-wife Alex at the time, although he had previously admitted to having an affair with another woman, to no avail.
But Ruby got the last laugh when she not only shut down the reports but also revealed that she is not into men either.
“For those of you who thought I liked Paul Hollywood or that I would bang him anytime he wanted to move on – the joke is on you, you massive a**ting misogynist,” she tweeted, As she announced she would come to her parents.
One person who was not pleased was Paul himself, who replied: “Ruby is very happy for you, but why do you think it necessary to bring me to your announcement?”