Many viewers of the hugely popular BBC baking show The Great British Bake Off, were left in tears on Wednesday night after Val was selected to leave the show and signed off with a touching speech. The 66-year-old was a firm fan favourite due to her controversial baking methods, and fans of the baker took to social media to share their thoughts over her departure.
Val said goodbye to the baking tent after failing to impress Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with her pastry creations, and grew emotional as she described her experience on the show.
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"When you bake, you always bake for a reason. And you're giving it to people, so you make it the best you can. And you make it with love. Whenever I make anything, I stir love into it, I knead love into it, so when I present it, it's special.
"I'm not unhappy. I've had a great time with some great people. I didn't expect to ever get here, never mind be on it."
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Fans took to Twitter to share their feelings at Val's departure, with one tweeting: "Val, you may not have won bake off, but you truly won my heart," while another shared a clip of her departure, writing: "One of the saddest things I've ever seen on tv."
Many viewers have also been calling for the baker to have her own show, with one tweeting: "Can Val just be given her own show where everything she bakes turns out a little odd and she says 'that's how I like it' all the time."
Meanwhile, Candice was crowned Star Baker of the Week for the second time on the show after her impressive breakfast pastry show stopper and send her own supportive tweet on Val's departure, writing: "#Val absolute lady in a class of her very own! Pleasure and a privilege!!! So much fun and a heart of solid pure gold #GBBO."