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Prue Leith told the heartbreaking story behind *that* Great British Bake Off spoiler tweet

She’s not giving herself a break on it.

channel45 Source: Channel 4

AT THE END of October, the new Channel 4 version of Great British Bake Off reached its semi-dramatic climax.

But there was one problem on the day it was due to air – judge Prue Leith had sent a tweet congratulating the winner before the show had gone out.

Poor Prue was in bits over the mix up

Today on ITV’s This Morning she finally got around to telling the full story – and it’s actually a bit heartbreaking

Source: This Morning/YouTube

“I was in Bhutan and I didn’t have any reception for a while so when I turned on my phone – and I was actually in a hotel where there was reception – there was this mass of tweets and one of them said ‘don’t forget to congratulate the winner after 10.30′”

prue Source: ITV

“So I thought ‘oh, it’s past 10.30′ so I quickly tweeted… what I did… and as soon as it went out I thought ‘oh my god’ and then I went into a kind of panic mode where I couldn’t work my phone – I did not know how to delete it quickly and I couldn’t think”

prue2 Source: ITV

Philip and Holly represented everyone listening to this story

prue3 Source: ITV

“In the end, I just rang my trusty PA and I said ‘what have I done?’ – but she just said ‘I’ve already deleted it’. But that was 89 seconds after I’d done it and it was too late”

prue4 Source: ITV

Philip asked how she felt:

Suicidal. I felt awful. The thing that upset me most was that I thought that this would take attention off the winner and Sophie has worked for months and months for this moment – and the column inches are going to be about my tweet and not her triumph.


But people have been sound to her since, including the winner Sophie emailing her to say it wasn’t a big deal:

“Everybody was really nice about it – the number of people, a lot of them celebs, would tweet me saying ‘I could have done that’ – but you have to be a real idiot to that”

prue5 Source: ITV

She’s really beating herself up about it:

The winner of Bake Off has been kept a secret for eight years – until I come along and screw up.

Ah, Prue, it’s really not that big a deal </3

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