The two bakers at the centre of the Great British Bake Off row will be reunited in the programme’s final episode in October, the BBC has confirmed.
Iain Watters and Diana Beard have insisted there are “no hard feelings” between them following the ‘bingate’ row, which erupted after Diana was accused of sabotaging her rival’s Baked Alaska.
Iain (pictured above, fifth from right) became the losing baker in the episode after yelling in frustration and presenting his melted ice-cream pudding to the judges from a bin. His exit triggered a storm of criticism among viewers, and the BBC has received 800 complaints about the episode which aired this week.
Diana, 69 (above, far left) will also take no further part in the competition after a head injury left her with no sense of smell.
Iain, who has since appeared on Newsnight, was magnanimous in defeat and refused to blame Diana for his exit.
And the pair will be seen together in the show’s traditional finale reunion.
Yesterday one of last year’s Bake Off finalists, Ruby Tandoh, waded in to the row, blaming the show’s editors for making Iain’s meltdown look worse than it really was in a bid to boost ratings, reports the Daily Mail.
Diana blamed the BBC for editing the programme to make her look like the culprit, and said the cake had been out of the freezer for no more than 40 seconds, a claim co-host Sue Perkins supported on her Twitter account.
Ruby, who was at the heart of her own Bake Off storm last year when viewers accused her of trying to flirt her way to victory, agreed. She said: “If there was nastiness in the tent this week, it came in the form of making a humiliated Iain parade the dustbin to the judge’s table.
“Nastiness was spinning a story that cast an old lady as a pantomime villain.”
Ruby also criticised viewers for their Twitter “hate campaign” against Diana, saying: “Shame on the online lynch mobs.”
It is the first year Bake Off has been shown on BBC1, and it has seen ratings soar as a result. But an insider said yesterday: “The danger is the makers try to turn it into a prime-time reality show like X Factor by exaggerating the drama.
“It started out as a gentle baking show, but it is building into a juggernaut. The format seems to be getting bigger than the individual contestants.”
The Great British Bake Off continues on BBC1, Wednesday, Setpember 3, 8.00pm.