In just a few short weeks, Terry has become one of the most beloved characters in The Great British Bake Off 2018 – and now he’s broken all of our hearts by leaving the tent with an emotional speech about his late wife.
Terry’s exit was pretty much inevitable after a disastrous Spice Week, which finished with a Showstopper biscuit chandelier that looked more like a tornado. Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith opted for a double elimination as they sent home both Terry and Karen.
But after his elimination, a tearful Terry revealed how the Channel 4 show had helped him cope with his grief.
“I said I wouldn’t get upset,” he said. “It’s funny when you’re on your own… my wife and I were very happy and that was a massive loss.
“There wasn’t anything to fill the gap for a very long time so it’s given me a focus. I’ve met some lovely people I’m sure we’ll keep in touch for a very long time. It’s been a big help and something I’ll remember for a long time.
“I won’t stop baking. I’m very much looking forward to more projects carried out in a bigger time frame.”
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His words touched viewers’ hearts…
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 25, 2018
It’s safe to say viewers got a little emotional…
— Hollerella (@hollerella) September 25, 2018
There was outrage…
#gbbo terry lost his wife and the only thing he had left was bakeoff IM SOBBING HOW DARE YOU KICK HIM OFF THE SHOW YOU MONSTERS
— sophie (@ktlrosies) September 25, 2018
There were tears…
— Stu Elmore (@stuelmore) September 25, 2018
And there was one last emotional interview.
Oh god, I totally wasn't ready for Terry's interview ???????????? #GBBO
— Mrs Griffiths (@MrsGriffMusic) September 25, 2018
People forgot the focus was on the food…
Terry baking to fill the void of losing his wife has broken me and I didn’t realise I could get this emotional over a cooking show. #GBBO
— Erin Jones (@erierijones) September 25, 2018
But was it fair? As he came back from a week off due to illness, Terry certainly had a disastrous time in the tent. His ginger cake was not a hit and the didn’t quite pull off that ambitious Showstopper…
— Angel (@AngelFletchPen) September 25, 2018
It seemed he could do no right…
Terry’s work might have had a theme, but sadly not the right one…
Terry’s roiling hellscape of tortured souls from Dante’s Inferno is coming along well. Shame it’s meant to be the 12 days of Christmas mind. #GBBO
— Füüd (@FuudBlog) September 25, 2018
Some saw the food as a metaphor.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) September 25, 2018
But at least he leaves us with the memory of his glorious week one bake…
— Colin Greaves (@Greaves_Colin) September 25, 2018
The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesdays on Channel 4 at 8pm