Great British Bake Off 2014: Twitter reacts to 'cry baby' Claire's episode one departure

The great British public cast their verdict on this oh-so-English competition

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Soggy bottoms, creative cakes and terrible puns returned last night as a fresh batch of contestants entered the Great British Bake Off tent.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were as firm in their merciless judgements as ever, with leaver Claire’s protestations that her chocolate orange swiss roll was not too strong in flavour falling on deaf ears.

But what did the 7.5 million viewers in tuned in last night make of this oh-so-English show?

The contestants will have to ignore any mean online comments regardless, after they were warned not to take part in any 'negative exchanges' on social media.

Last year's finalist Ruby Tandoh was called a "filthy slag" by one Twitter user. The UCL student responded by hitting back with "bitter old witch" and branding Raymond Blanc an "idiot".

So here's what you all made of the first new episode's "big warm blanket of comfort":

Claire from Cheshire was first to leave the contest and, of course given the serious nature of such a gruelling test, she cried. Stiff upper lip viewers were not impressed with such 'nonsense'.

The Bake Off resumes next Wednesday when fans will find out who is next to get the chop from the bunting-adorned marquee. Tissues at the ready Mel and Sue.