Bake Off’s Laura begs for kindness after cruel backlash over Hermine’s exit

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Great British Bake Off finalist Laura Adlington has been forced to issue a statement after being abused by furious fans over Hermine's shock exit.

The upset baker told trolls “it's not my fault” after she and Hermine vied for a place in next week's final.

Hermine won star baker two weeks in a row before failing to impress with her bakes in the semi finals.

In a close decision, judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood then decided to send her home instead of Laura, leading to a backlash from some viewers.

Hermine failed to impress despite the challenges being suited to her strengths

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Writing on Twitter, Laura said: “It's ok to be sad your favourite person didn't go through, but please remember it's not my fault. I don't make the decisions. GBBO is all about kindness and I haven't seen much of that on here.

“It's easy to sit there on your sofa and judge. But I am a real person with feelings. Please take a moment to consider your words before you judge someone you've never met and whose food you've never tasted.”

Laura has spoken in the past about struggling with anxiety, and in a touching moment in the semi finals host Matt Lucas helped improve her mood when she was tearful and struggled with the technical challenge.

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Along with the other semi finalists, Laura has to bake a Danish cornucopia, also known as a Horn of Plenty, as part of patisserie week
(Image: Instagram)

Matt consoled Laura after she got upset at Paul Hollywood's instructions
(Image: Channel 4)

Hermine said in an interview after the show was filmed that she knew her time was up when she failed in the showstopper round.

She said: “In the first challenge of a crème-filled apricot baba au rhum, I wasn’t happy with my first attempt so I tried again. Prue thought they were elegant and modern and Paul liked the flavours, although he said they were under-proved, but Noel gave me a handshake.

“In the Technical, Paul said my horns of plenty were over-baked but had good flavours.

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Hermine sadly lost her place in the final next week

“For my Showstopper of a cube cake, I did step into the unknown. I changed my recipe at the very last minute. So I did gamble on my favourite flavours of cherry and chocolate; and coffee and praline, but there were too many elements to juggle, and I couldn’t keep up.

“Even with my large doses of kirsch that I hoped would appeal to Paul and Prue, I knew it was over for me.”

*The Great British Bake Off final airs next Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4

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