Bake Off: Former star Ruby Tandoh hits out at show, says theme tune makes her ‘feel sick’

Tandoh was the target of online abuse during her time on the series

Annabel Nugent
Friday 01 October 2021 10:38
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Former Great British Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh has hit out at the series and stated that the theme tune makes her “feel sick”.

The 29-year-old appeared on Channel 4’s hit reality series in 2013, following which she publicly fell out with judge Paul Hollywood.

During a recent appearance on Elizabeth Day’s How to Fail podcast, the food writer opened up about her feelings towards the programme.

When asked if she still watches the series, Tandoh said: “No, not at all. No, I can’t. I appreciate it as a show. I think the format is clearly compelling, but no.

“When I hear the little song, the little jingle at the start, I feel sick.”

“I can’t have anything to do with it, I’m afraid,” said Tandoh who made it to the finals of the competition.

During her time as a contestant, Tandoh was the target of online abuse. Many viewers accused her of having an affair with Hollywood and suggesting that it was the only reason she made it to the end of the competition.

Following the end of the series, Tandoh came out as gay on Twitter. In one post, she wrote: “P.S. For those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I’d ever bang him to get ahead – JOKE’S ON YOU, YOU MASSIVE S***TING MISOGYNISTS.”

Hollywood responded to the tweet and criticised the former contestant for “bringing me into your announcement”.

In 2016, as The Great British Bake Off moved from BBC to Channel 4, Tandoh called out Hollywood as a “peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is”.

Speaking about her previous comments now, Tandoh said: “I don’t particularly lose sleep over that.

“I don’t think that he’s particularly hurt by that. I don’t think he’s very vulnerable to the judgement of others, so yeah, that I don’t feel too bad about.”

The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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