It’s happened. Norman Calder has left the Bake Off tent. And as a vocal member of #TeamNorman from episode one, I am bereft.
It was pies and tarts week this week and while Norman tried his best to be a bit adventurous – all those different pastries! – he failed to spark support from judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.
He even gave a verse of Robert Burns’s Address to a Haggis while baking. Multi-tasking? You betcha!
In the end his poor haggis-themed pie got a good shoving around, with more comments about good taste, poor presentation. Don’t even get me started on the response to his lavender meringue. At least it wasn’t served up in a bin, eh?
While fans of Norms, myself included, tweeted that Hollywood was rather harsh on him (was it me or did Norman look tearful a few times?!), the judge tweeted, “Apparently you think I’m being mean to Norman… Oh please!!”
Tweets peaked at 2,422 per minute according to Panasonic, fittingly just before the end result. #TeamNorman and #prayfornorman were among the hash tags. But nothing could be done and, five weeks in, it was the end of the road for Storming Norman.
Well, actually, something could have been done. They could have let them all stay, given – as co-host Sue Perkins pointed out – they were missing Diana Beard after she was forced to pull out the competition due to illness. I’m sure they’ve got a plan over at BBC, but couldn’t the plan have been to keep lovely Norms?
I for one shall be eating a simple biscuit or two in his honour. And maybe a bit of that exotic pesto.
The Great British Bake Off continues Wednesday at 8:00pm on BBC1