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Diana Beard's daughter says she was exploited by BBC for ratings on 'Great British Bake Off'

Daisy Wyatt

Published 31/08/2014 | 14:54

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Diana Beard, contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2014

Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard’s daughter has criticised the BBC for its portrayal of her mother.

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Beard's daughter claimed the show was deliberately edited to imply that Diana had removed rival Iain Watters’ Baked Alaska from the freezer, which led to his disqualification after throwing the dessert in the bin.

Sarah, Diana’s daughter, said her mother has been “done up like a Christmas turkey” by the show.

“She has been sacrificed on the altar of ratings. To exploit an old lady is shameful,” she told The Sunday Mirror.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. Undated BBC handout photo of Iain Watters, the baker at the centre of The Great British Bake Off's 'bin-cident' row, who has admitted he allowed his frustration to boil over, but says since then, public support has been "crazy". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Friday August 29, 2014. Bearded construction manager Watters, 31, lost his cool when his baked Alaska pudding melted after rival contestant Diana Beard took it out of the freezer - leading Mr Watters to throw it in the bin. The controversy whipped up anger among viewers who accused Mrs Beard, 69, of sabotaging the pudding, and she dramatically quit the show due to ill health just after the episode was filmed. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. Undated BBC handout photo of Iain Watters, the baker at the centre of The Great British Bake Off's 'bin-cident' row, who has admitted he allowed his frustration to boil over, but says since then, public support has been "crazy". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Friday August 29, 2014. Bearded construction manager Watters, 31, lost his cool when his baked Alaska pudding melted after rival contestant Diana Beard took it out of the freezer - leading Mr Watters to throw it in the bin. The controversy whipped up anger among viewers who accused Mrs Beard, 69, of sabotaging the pudding, and she dramatically quit the show due to ill health just after the episode was filmed. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Mark Bourdillon/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

The ‘bingate’ incident sparked wide online abuse and criticism of the 69-year-old, who was nicknamed 'Dirty Diana'

Last year’s finalist Ruby Tandoh defended the pensioner, tweeting: “Shame on the online lynch mobs and on the show’s editors for letting her Bake Off dreams end in a witch-hunt.”

The Baked Alaska incident has since received over 800 complaints to the BBC and Ofcom.

But the BBC has failed to apologise to Diana, who has since left the show due to ill health after losing her sense of smell and taste.

A spokesman said: “She hasn’t asked for or needed one. We don’t feel that she’s been misrepresented.”

Iain and Diana said they have been in touch since the incident was filmed earlier this summer, and remain on good terms.

The two contestants will be reunited in the series finale in October.

Independent.co.uk

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