It was a real showstopper for fans of The Great British Bake Off as they logged onto Twitter on the day of last month’s final to see Prue Leith had accidentally tweeted the winner’s name – nearly 12 hours before the episode aired.
But the Bake Off judge has admitted she was so devastated about the huge gaffe, in which she revealed Sophie Faldo won the latest series, that she felt “suicidal”.
Prue admitted the most disappointing part of the whole incident was that she was concerned her mistake would be talked about more than Sophie’s fine achievement.
She added: “The thing that upset me most was I thought this will 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, not her triumph.
“I just felt … anyhow, so I emailed her and she said, ‘Don’t be silly, it’s fine.’ ”
Prue later blamed the error on the six-hour time difference in Bhutan, where she sent the tweet from, and has now revealed she decided to send the message after someone tweeted reminding her not to forget to “congratulate the winner”.
She added: “I think that was the worst half an hour, when I realised what I’d done.
“I was Bhutan and when I got reception in the hotel, there was this mass of tweets and one said, ‘Don’t forget to congratulate the winner’, so I tweeted straight away.
I am so sorry to the fans of the show for my mistake this morning, I am in a different time zone and mortified by my error #GBBO.
— Prue Leith (@PrueLeith) October 31, 2017
“As soon as it went out, I went into a panic mode where I couldn’t work my phone, I didn’t know how to delete it quickly.
“And in the end I just rang my trusty PA and I said, ‘What have I done?’ And she said, ‘I’ve already deleted it.’
“That was 89 seconds after I’d done it and that was too late.”
Prue’s infamous tweet read: “No one told me judging a #gbbo final would be so emotional. I wanted them all to win. Bravo Sophie (sic)”
She later apologised for any Bake Off fans who had seen the tweet, writing: “I am so sorry to the fans of the show for my mistake this morning, I am in a different time zone and mortified by my error (sic)”
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