Biggest scandals, from rows of favoritism to leaked results

The Great British Bake Off is the heartwarming series we’ve all grown to love over the years.

While the adorable Mary Berry may have left the show in 2017, the Channel 4 series is nothing short of healthy family content.

However, it is still filled with many culinary dramas.

The Great British Bake Off has been a hit with viewers over the years (Credit: Channel 4)

Bake Off scandals: Custardgate

In Round 4, the tent was shaken after contestant Howard Middleton had his custard stolen.

The crime – known as “Custardgate” – left the nation in arms.

In the end, Deborah Manger admitted to using custard for her own trifle.

Paul and Mary judged the custard separately, but Deborah was quickly fired.

While Howard proved to be a hit with the judges, the rest of his trifle just fell short.

Favoritism lines

Judges generally remain impartial when it comes to testing competitor’s pastries.

However, Paul Hollywood has been accused of showing favoritism over the years.

According to some fans, the baker has given Ruby Tandoh preferential treatment.

Read more: The Great British Bake Off: Paul Hollywood divides viewers with Maggie’s reviews

In fact, the judge was unfairly accused of having had an affair with the candidate at one point.

Ruby, who won the series in 2013, then hit back at the claims after revealing her homosexuality.

In 2015, she tweeted: “For those who thought I liked Paul Hollywood or would hit him someday to get going – JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE [bleeping] MISOGYNISTS.

Winner of Bake Off Ruby
Paul has been accused of showing ‘favoritism’ towards winner Ruby Tandoh (Credit: ITV)

Baked Alaskan Drama

Meanwhile, a melted Baked Alaska caused a stir during the show’s fifth series.

At the time, Diana Beard was accused of sabotaging Iain Watters’ ice cream after taking it out of the freezer.

The dish was reduced to a melted mess, forcing Iain to throw it in the trash.

He was then kicked out of the tent.

Sadly, Diana was bombarded with hatred after the incident, prompting the BBC to issue a statement.

It read: “Diana removing Iain’s ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain leaving.”

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Diana Beard has been accused of sabotaging the star of Iain Watters (Credit: YouTube)

Bake Off scandals: results disclosed

In her first year as a judge, Prue Leith made headlines for giving away the winner!

Poor old Prue managed to detonate the result just hours before the show’s finale.

“No one told me judging a #gbbo final would be so emotional. I wanted them all to win,” she wrote in a tweet, before congratulating winner Sophie Faldo.

Moments later, Prue deleted the tweet and apologized.

She added, “I’m so sorry to the fans of the show for my mistake this morning. I’m in a different time zone and mortified by my mistake.

Bless her!

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Prue Leith accidentally revealed the winner of the show in a tweet (Credit:

The big shift to Channel 4

The huge change to the BBC show has shocked avid Bake Off fans.

In addition to moving to Channel 4, the series also said goodbye to three of its main stars.

Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc all decided to leave after the change.

Read more: The Great British Bake Off: Candidate Freya splits viewers with her hair

Meanwhile, Paul Hollywood was the only star still standing.

At the time, Mary said, “What a privilege and honor to be part of seven years of tent magic.

“My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them because they nurtured me, and the show.”

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