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You spend ten weeks waiting to find out who is going to be crowned the winner of Bake Off 2017, and the whole thing is ruined by none other than Prue Leith.
Channel 4’s Bake Off winner was accidentally revealed by judge Prue in a Twitter gaffe of epic proportions.
In a since deleted tweet, Leith wrote “No one told me judging a #gbbo final would be so emotional. I wanted them all to win. Bravo” and then proceeded to name the winner. Classic.
Mary Berry would never have made this kind of mistake.
While I haven’t tuned in to watch this series of Bake Off (not out of protest for it leaving the BBC, I just genuinely haven’t got round to it), I can imagine the dismay of Bake Off viewers everywhere who have sat through baking blunders, soggy bottoms, burnt pastry and stodgy cakes week after week only to have the final episode ruined.
This error perhaps matches up to other winner slipups such as the wrong contestant being crowned at Miss Universe 2015 and the now infamous debacle at the 2017 Oscars in which the Best Picture winner was announced as La La Land when in fact it was Moonlight. Ryan Gosling’s face was priceless.
Considering the British public’s penchant for a strong bake, this blunder may have far wider repercussions than Miss Universe or the Oscars ever did. I mean, this is Bake Off– office sweepstakes countrywide depend on tonight’s finale. The entire nation is basically waiting with bated breath for either Steven, Kate or Sophie to be crowned Bake Off winner.
Those who follow the baking judge voiced their annoyance:
— ⚽ Russell Adams ⚽ (@Rovers_1875_) October 31, 2017
As someone who works in social media, having heart palpitations on behalf of Prue Leith pic.twitter.com/qFHJQ48hBk
— Daniel Sperling (@dan_sperling) October 31, 2017
prue leith tweeted the winner of gbbo omg what a mess
— ellie 🐰 (@elliejwilson) October 31, 2017
Did Prue Leith really tweet the winner of tonight’s bake off or is it the work of hackers?
— Emma_Sweet 🍆 (@cook_clever) October 31, 2017
— Kirsti K (@diduhearthat) October 31, 2017
feel so sorry for whoever schedules prue leith’s twitter (though very humbled to win the office sweepstake. I’m never going to say maybe.)
— Anoosh Chakelian (@Anoosh_C) October 31, 2017
Perhaps social media accounts just shouldn’t be controlled by OAP judges who are unfamiliar with Twitter.
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem as though the original tweet was seen by many. As one user pointed out, Prue isn’t even blue-tick verified on Twitter.
Biggest surprise from the GBBO scandal is that Prue Leith doesn’t even have a verified Twitter account.
— Mike Morris (@cincodemayoMike) October 31, 2017
So as long as you stay away from social media until tonight’s finale at 8pm tonight, you should be safe.
Plus, now that Liam is no longer in the running, does anybody really care who wins?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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