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Popular Baking Show Star Canceled After Kitten Abuse Allegations?

By Britta DeVore | Posted

While we had a great time laughing with the hosts of The Great British Bake Off when they say things like “soggy butt” no one laughs now afterwards another one scandal threatens to destroy the otherwise healthy competition spectacle. It’s been a crazy few weeks on Twitter, and now Pastry shop Judge Prue Leith faces rising temperatures as fans begin to throw shade at her after she revealed in her recently released memoir, I’ll try anything once: my life on a plate that her mother made her drown an entire litter of newborn kittens when she was a child. In an interview with People, the long-time famous name in the world of baking and cooking tried to dispel some of those rumors and better explain the “traumatic experience.”

Now 82 years old, the Pastry shop Judge tried to make it clear that the heartbreaking events happened when she was a young girl on her family’s farm in South Africa, and that she is not drowning precious kittens right now. Prue Leith commented that her writing was taken extremely out of context with people not “[reading] the story” and instead jumps to the conclusion of “‘My God! This woman is drowning kittens!’ Referring to herself as “Public Enemy No. 1,” Leith hopes it won’t hurt viewership Pastry shopwhat she called “the kindest, most inclusive and friendliest show in the world”.

The actual excerpt from Prue Leith’s book is one of the saddest things we’ve ever read so we’ll spare you the details but essentially the chief’s mother couldn’t take care of another litter of newborn kittens and made the decision to end their lives by drowning them. Leith goes into a pretty detailed account of exactly what happened, so if you want to research him, he’s available in the People link above. Now, 70 years later, Leith thinks her mother was trying to teach her “a life lesson”, but because she still thinks about it all these decades later, it seems to have done more harm than good.

Prue Leith’s disturbing memories are just the latest scandal to rock the world of The Great British Bake Offbecause the series was recently launched following an episode whose theme was Mexican week, revolving around contestants baking their best pan dulce, tacos and tres leches cake. Quickly expressing their belief that the episode was a blatant overreach and incredibly culturally appropriate, the Mexican chefs spoke out against this week’s competition. To make matters worse, the start of the episode saw show hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas dressed in sombreros and serapes, with Lucas later shaking maracas.

Despite the show’s recent upheaval, it continues to be enjoyed by a wide audience of ages tuning in weekly to see Prue Leith and her co-judge Paul Hollywood assess contestants on their baking skills, returning a baker to home at the end of each episode. As we have done for productions like OfficeUSA just can’t seem to keep away from a fan-favorite production like Pastry shop, with a version that quickly begins to rise on this side of the pond. Just two months ago it was revealed that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper would co-host alongside Zach Cherry (Breakup) on an Americanized version of the hit British series – although it remains to be seen whether Americans will be able to deliver the same niceties the BBC competition program has become known for.