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Ofcom will not probe Great British Bake Off's 'bingate'

Ofcom will not investigate The Great British Bake Off's "bingate" row after more than 800 viewers complained about the alleged sabotage of contestant Iain Watters' Baked Alaska.

Axed contestant Iain Watters.
Axed contestant Iain Watters. Credit: BBC

The 31-year-old bearded baker lost his cool when his pudding melted after rival contestant Diana Beard took it out of the freezer - leading Mr Watters to throw it in the bin.

This whipped up anger amongst viewers who accused Mrs Beard, 69, of sabotaging the pudding.

She later quit the show due to ill health just after the episode was filmed.

But an Ofcom spokesman said: "Having assessed viewers' complaints received to date, they do not raise issues warranting further investigation under Ofcom's rules."

Mr Watters was voted off the show after presenting the judges with a bin when asked to show his dessert.

But he hinted he could make a comeback after Mrs Beard's departure telling BBC's Newsnight: "You will have to watch next week."

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Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney starred in the Ocean's movie franchise together. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Could Bake Off's Iain be set for comeback?

Axed Great British Bake Off Iain Watters has left fans guessing as to whether he could return the show after rival Diana withdrew due to illness.

Asked on BBC's Newsnight if he would be making a comeback, he teased viewers by saying: "You will have to watch next week."

Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin.
Iain Watters threw his Baked Alaska in the bin. Credit: BBC

Watters added that he doesn't hold a grudge against competitor Diana Beard after the controversy dubbed "bingate".

He said he didn't blame Beard for taking his Baked Alaska out of the freezer, a move he says was made "in the heat of the moment".

He said the public support following his exit from the show had been "crazy" - pointing in particular to the #JusticeforIain campaign that trended on Twitter.

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GBBO's Diana Beard left after 'losing sense of smell'

Controversial former Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard has revealed she left the show after losing her sense of smell.

Mrs Beard said she had hit her head in a freak fall after fainting, which had severed her olfactory nerve meaning she could no longer detect scents.

She said she had lost some of her sense of taste as well.

Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve
Diana Beard said a freak fall had severed her olfactory nerve Credit: BBC

The 69-year-old from Shropshire sparked a storm of criticism accusing her of "sabotaging" fellow contestant Ian Watters' Baked Alaska dish in episode four, after appearing to remove his ice cream creation from the freezer so it would melt.

She said the announcement that she would not be returning for episode five had been brought forward by the BBC, following the outcry against her apparent actions - which she said boiled down to no more than editing.

At least people will know I haven't wimped out. It's a relief, as people now know the truth.

– Diana Beard, former Great British Bake Off contestant

Bake Off contestants 'still friends' despite controversy

Former British Bake Off contestant Iain Watters insists he is still friends with Diana Beard following last night's controversial episode. Baked Alaska drama.

Watters threw his melted Baked Alaska in the bin, with viewers were quick to blame Beard, 69, after she appeared to remove his ice cream from the freezer.

Beard has now left the show, but the BBC insist her departure is due to illness.

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 Watters

Bake Off contestant quits following Alaska drama

Diana Beard has quit the Great British Bake Off following last night's dramatic ''Baked Alaska-gate" episode.

But the BBC insist her departure from the show is due to illness and not linked to what happened in episode four.

Viewers accused the 69-year-old of "sabotaging" Iain Watters' Baked Alaska by taking his ice cream out of the freezer.

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Diana Beard has now left the show due to ill-health. Credit: BBC

Watters was seen throwing the remains of his bake in the bin before storming off set.

Beard fell ill just before the making of the following episode and had to withdraw on medical grounds.

“Diana will not appear in the rest of the series as she fell ill ahead of filming episode 5 earlier this year,” a BBC spokesman said.

More than 500 people have complained to the broadcaster over the incident.

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