No to reprieve for Iain over Bake Off ‘freezergate’ row
ELIMINATED Great British Bake Off contestant Iain Watters will not win a reprieve despite calls from angry viewers for him to be reinstated on the show.
The “freezergate” scandal caused such a storm that 811 fans protested to the BBC.
Bearded engineer Iain was even asked to appear as a guest on BBC Two’s Newsnight and suggested he should be given another chance.
But last night insiders said there was no way back, particularly as the series has been recorded.
A source on the BBC One show told the Daily Express: “Iain will be appearing for the final episode, along with all the cooks, but he will not be returning as a contestant.”
In Wednesday’s episode, millions saw Iain, 31, from Belfast, throw his baked Alaska in the bin after it melted in the heat before he stormed out of the Bake Off tent.
He got the boot from judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood because he had nothing to show them.
Fans cried foul because rival Diana Beard, 69, had been seen taking the ice cream based pudding from the freezer. But she denied “sabotage”.
As Diana faced a public backlash with some branding her “evil”, it emerged that she left the contest before the following episode was filmed after she suffered a freak fall and severed her olfactory nerve. This robbed her of a sense of smell. The kitchen whodunit is the biggest scandal to hit Bake Off since a contestant admitted using a rival’s custard last year.
But a spokesman for TV watchdog Ofcom said: “Having assessed viewers’ complaints received to date, they do not raise issues warranting further investigation under Ofcom’s rules.”
The row led to grandmother Diana, of Alkington, Shropshire, claiming that programme editing had made her the scapegoat.
She said: “They deliberately misled viewers and exploited me for the sake of entertainment. The cake was out of the freezer for only 40 seconds.”
Axed contestant Iain Watters taking part in BBC One’s Great British Bake Off and, inset, ‘scapegoat’ Diana Beard