GBBO presenters Mel and Sue address famous 'Bingate' incident on The Jonathan Ross Show

Great British Bake Off presenters Mel and Sue have spoken out about the show's famous "Bingate" incident that took place last year, which saw Bake Off contestant Iain Watters throw his melted baked Alaska in the bin.

Sue Perkins joked on The Jonathan Ross Show, which will air on Saturday night on ITV: "41 seconds [the baked alaska was out of the freezer] but I’m so glad it was on Newsnight, because what I hate is news taking up Newsnight, it really annoys me how much news gets into my grill so I’m really pleased we could put some baking stuff on there."


There were no laughs, though, when the funnywomen duo talked about the criticism that contestant Diana Beard faced after the episode was aired, which showed her removing Iain's pudding from her freezer, causing some to accuse the 69-year-old of sabotaging her fellow contestant.

Speaking about the online trolls which sent abuse on Twitter, Sue said: "It was horrid, we do feel really protective of [the contestants involved], it’s just silly, you sometimes need people to just telescope out and go "it is just a hungarian sponge or a gateau".


She continued: "We don't need to go to war over it and people's lives don't need to be ruined and I think this year was difficult because you could see how people were being trolled online and it's not nice," she said.

At the time of the incident, baking judge Paul Hollywood took to Twitter to set the record straight.


"At the end of the day Mary & I need something to judge, it's not about melted ice cream but about what's presented to us… #bingate," wrote paul, before adding, "I'm glad Mary's not on twitter this would upset her."

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