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VIDEO: Baking Bad: Diana Says 'I Quit'

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Published at 6:01am 29th August 2014. (Updated at 6:03am 29th August 2014)

The pensioner at the centre of the Great British Bake Off meltdown says she has quit after losing her sense of smell and taste.

Millions watched Diana take another contestant's melting ice cream out of the freezer, prompting sabotage claims.

That is despite presenter Sue Perkins and judge Paul Hollywood insisting that Iain's bowl was only left out for less than a minute.

Iain slung the collapsed baked Alaska into the bin when it turned into a melting mess and then walked out of the tent.

He returned to present the bin to Paul and Mary - who put him out of the show.

But now it has come out that, shortly afterwards, pensioner Diana Beard also left.

She insisted: "My leaving had nothing to do with Iain's baked alaska and in fact I was looking forward to pastry week."

The 70 year old has told The Guardian: "I don't want people to think I've wimped out. It's very sad that I had to go. Yes, it was hard work, of course it was, but the reason I had to leave the show was because I was down in Newbury and I fainted in the restaurant on the Friday night and I bashed my head and spent a night a night in Basingstoke A&E and I've lost my sense of taste and smell.

"It's an absolute bummer. My neurologist says it may never come back."

The BBC has put out a statement insisting that her departure has got nothing to do with bin-gate - but has received around 600 complaints from viewers who felt Iain was unfairly treated.

Diana said: ""Yes, I admit I took his ice-cream out of the freezer and this sounds terribly selfish but this was my space and I didn't even see him put it there. I honestly don't know why he put it there. The three of us on that side of the tent, Chetna, Nancy and myself, were told that this was our freezer to use and to manage it to the best of our ability.

"I don't regret taking his baked alaska out of the freezer. Of course I didn't do it viciously but we were all wanting a freezer and it was utter chaos, utter chaos. I thought he had his own freezer.

"His baked alaska was out for a very small amount of time. I was very surprised it was so liquid. We all had a limited amount of freezer space. But it's three months ago and I can't remember exactly whether his ice-cream was very liquidy when I took it out of the freezer but I think it must have been.

"It has to have been. It was very hot and it was horrendous. We were all having trouble and it was utter chaos. Why it was edited in such a way I don't know. I was there to be shot at. It was sad to end my time at Bake Off in such a way."

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