Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were the original judges on The Great British Cake when it premiered in 2010. But now Berry is long gone and Hollywood says he has become “the most hated man in the land”. GBBO may look like a friendly reality TV baking contest.
But there has been a lot of drama both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. Here are 10 scandals that rocked The Great British Cake.
10. The ‘Bake Off’ squirrel stole the show from Mary Berry
During the first days of the GBBO, shots of squirrels in the show’s park were a common gag. In 2011, fans got a glimpse of a squirrel with massive testicles, and the internet went crazy.
Before the episode aired, host Sue Perkins tweeted, âI can now reveal that this week’s GBBO features a photo of a squirrel with oversized nuts. Believe me, they are anatomically stunning. Enjoy.”
9. The custard thief
Dentist Deborah Manger sparked controversy when she stole the custard from contestant Howard Middleton. The episode unfolded like a police proceeding, Deborah finally confessed to her crime.
8. Bought in store, it does not fit
When you follow a recipe at home from The Barefoot Countess, store bought is good. But not when you are competing on The Great British Cake.
Fans couldn’t believe it when Season 5 contestant Enwezor Nzegwu used store-bought frosting. Seriously. It really happened.
7. The Baked Alaska ‘Sabotage’
Social media exploded completely during Season 5 when contestant Diana Bead was accused of “sabotaging” Baked Alaska. She took her fellow baker Iain Watters’ ice cream out of the freezer, which turned it into a bunch of gooey gooey.
Iain ended up throwing it all in the trash and getting out of the tent to freshen up. Meanwhile, Diana gifted Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood a beautiful Alaskan swan. All Iain could do was show the judges the trash. He was eventually sent home and it became a national report. GBBO fans have dubbed Diana the “melting ice supervillain”.
6. An alleged affair in season 4
In season 4, contestant Ruby Tandoh qualified for the final. But many viewers were convinced that the only reason she had gotten this far was because she was having an affair with Hollywood.
Fans witnessed the loving interaction between Tandoh and Hollywood, and they followed it up on Twitter. She retaliated by announcing that she was a lesbian.
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“For those who thought I liked Paul Hollywood or would hit him someday to get going – JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE S ** TTING MISOGYNISTS,” Tandoh tweeted.
5. A real deal
While taking a break from GBBO in 2013, Hollywood traveled to America to participate in the American version. The baker filmed The American pastry competition with host Jeff Foxworthy and fellow judge Marcela Valladolid.
Due to poor audiences, the series only lasted one season. But it gave Hollywood and Valladolid plenty of time to have a brief affair. As a result, Hollywood and his wife Alex went their separate ways. They reconciled before quitting permanently and divorcing in 2017.
4. An NDA, not a proposal
Shortly after the Hollywood marriage ended, he started dating Summer Monteys-Fullam, a 23-year-old bartender. Their relationship lasted two years before ending in a dramatic fashion. Monteys-Fullam expected Hollywood to make his request when he presented him with a nondisclosure agreement. Apparently, he didn’t want her to reveal the secrets of their relationship. She dumped him there.
âTake what’s read with a pinch of salt and read between the lines,â Hollywood tweeted. “I know the public can’t be fooled into believing what is about a person who makes money selling stories!” and continually wooing papsâ¦ There are always two sides to a story that you’ve only heard oneâ¦ but alas, I don’t play those games.
3. The Instagram scandal of season 8
Competitors on the GBBO are not meant to be professional bakers. But by season 8, many fans were convinced that Steven Carter-Bailey was a secret pro. Carter-Bailey won Star Baker the first two weeks.
But then fans discovered her Instagram account and found some stunning cake images. Twitter was convinced the “fix” was there.
2. The large channel switch
GBBO premiered on the BBC and became a huge hit over the next seven seasons. But in 2017, Channel 4 outbid the BBC and the reality series changed networks.
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This led to hosts Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins leaving the series out of loyalty. But what really set fans on fire was item number one on our list.
1. The exit of Mary Berry
The switch from the BBC to Channel 4 resulted in the Great british pastry shop get a makeover. Not only did the popular baking contest lose Mel and Sue, it also lost its queen, Mary Berry. According to Hollywood, Mary “quit” the show, but fans came after her.
“I stayed with Pastry. The girls abandoned him. But it was I who was besieged. I have become the most hated man in the country! Hollywood says.
The great british cooking is available on Netflix.