Prue Leith has recounted the moment she accidentally tweeted the result of The Great British Bake Off final before it had aired, disclosing that she “felt suicidal” upon realising her mistake.
Leith was a new addition to the latest season of the popular baking competition, with the restaurateur, writer and broadcaster replacing Mary Berry in a judging capacity after the show switched from the BBC to Channel 4.
However, Leith accidentally posted a huge spoiler about the outcome of the season finale last month by revealing the identity of the winner 12 hours before the final aired on TV.
Leith recounted the unfortunate episode during a guest appearance on This Morning earlier today (November 22), recalling that she “felt suicidal” after posting the tweet.
“I think that was one of the worst half an hours [of my life],” she said. “That first half an hour, when I realised what I’d done, which was the most idiotic thing in the world… I tweeted the name of the winner of Bake Off by mistake. I was in Bhutan. I had not had any reception for a while.”
Forgetting about the time difference, Leith then tweeted the identity of the winner, Sophie Faldo.
“I quickly tweeted – as soon as it went, I thought, ‘Oh my God!’ I went into a panic mode,” she said. “I couldn’t work my phone and I couldn’t think how to delete it quickly. I rang my trusted PA and she’d already deleted it. It was 89 seconds after I’d done it but it was already too late.
“I felt suicidal, awful,” Leith continued. “The thing that upset me the most was that this would take attention off the winner. And Sophie has worked for months and months for this moment. The column inches would be about my tweet and not her triumph. I emailed her and she said, ‘Don’t be silly’.
“Actually, everybody was really nice about it. Celebrities would tweet me and say, ‘It’s exactly what I could have done’. But you have to be a real idiot to do that. We had kept it secret for eight years until I come along and screw up!”
The Great British Bake Off will return to Channel 4 later this year for a celebrity special in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.