BAKE Off fans were left reeling tonight after fan favourite Henry Bird was axed from the competition after bungling a series of challenges.
The 20-year-old student lost his place in the tent after leaving Paul Hollywood disgusted with his towering pie, but took the defeat in his stride, saying simply: “It has been a pleasure, darling.”
Henry was forced out of the Bake Off tent in tonight’s shocking show
Fans were less measured with one wailing: “Absolutely gutted Henry has gone. He was my absolute favourite and it won’t be the same without him 😫😫😫.”
Another said: “Henry!!!! No. No please god reverse time!! 😩😢”
A third threatened to fight Paul Hollywood in the street after his stinging verdict on the lad’s showstopper.
Paul left fans terrified Henry was about to go when he tore his vertical pie to shreds, complaining: “It’s bone dry. All the moisture’s come out the hole in the top.”
Paul Hollywood slated Henry’s towering pie showstopper
The judge told him: ‘Do you know what it tastes like? Mince pie’
He added: “It’s a shame. Do you know what it tastes like? Mince pie.”
Henry hopefully asked if the 53-year-old liked Christmas, but Paul replied: “Humbug. The idea’s there but not executed to the best of your ability.”
The baking overlord was more forgiving after Henry got his marching orders, saying: “I think he’s done a great job. I just think the other four deserved to be there more.”
Henry started Pastry Week strongly with an impressive crab, tomato and new potato tarte tatin but things began going wrong in the technical challenge.
Paul and Henry hugged as the student baker was booted out of the tent
He left the contest insisting: ‘It has been a pleasure, darling’
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His Moroccan pie failed to impress the judges after it collapsed under its own weight – and his showstopper fared little better.
However, it was a much better week for Steph Blackwell, who was crowned Star Baker for the fourth time this series.
Her curried potato carousel pie impressed Paul and Prue Leith – propelling her through to next’s week’s semi-finals.