Channel 4 have today removed all electronic devices from Prue, implanted a signal jammer into her arm, and spent all last night chainsawing through every internet cable within 10 miles of her house. #BakeOffFinal#BakeOff
The tweet was hastily deleted (in 89 seconds, no less), with a mortified Leith, 78, apologising for the error, blaming timing differences in Bhutan where she was holidaying.
“I am so sorry to fans of the show for my mistake this morning,” she wrote. “I am in a different time zone and mortified by my error.”
But if Leith was hoping all would be forgotten this time round, the top chef and restauranteur was set to be disappointed, after her mistake was referenced by fellow judge Paul Hollywood and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig in the very first episode.
Speaking on This Morning about the mistake last year, she explained, “I felt suicidal, awful. 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.
“But I emailed her and she said, ‘Don’t be silly’. Actually, everybody was really nice about it.”
UPDATE: Prue Leith has poked fun at her previous tweeting mistake, sending a message wishing the finalists luck.
“That is all I am going to say… for now!” she added.
Good luck to all the bakers tonight in the @BritishBakeOff FINAL. All fantastic bakers and worthy winners. That is all I am going to say….for now!!! ?