Why two ‘Great British Baking Show’ contestants missed this week’s episode

Two bakers were absent from the Britain’s Greatest Baking Fair tent for episode three: Rebs and Abdul both missed bread week.

“Both Rebs and Abdul are in a bit of a mess this week, but with your permission, we thought we’d send them both straight to the finals,” joked co-host Matt Lucas. Noel Fielding then added: “Just kidding they’re going to miss a week and hopefully they’ll be back next week.”

Lucas and Fielding did not specify what illness kept the two bakers away from the tent. Instead of having 10 bakers competing, only 8 will compete. The smaller pool increases the remaining contestants’ chances of winning Star Baker…and being sent home.

The Britain’s Greatest Baking Fairknown as the Great British Bake Off in the UK, weekly films, allowing bakers to go home during the week and film at weekends.

Abdul, a 29-year-old electronics engineer from London, and Rebs, a 23-year-old masters student from Country Antrim, Northern Ireland, have yet to break through as star bakers. In fact, in last week’s episode featuring cookies, Rebs was near the bottom and in danger of being sent home.

Rebs was also the subject of controversy last week, when viewers claimed she kept asking fellow bakers for help. Yet her compatriot Janusz defended her, Tweeter“I offered the Rebs a hand as I finished before time, you just don’t see it on TV! You only see the Rebs asking me, but it was offered before!”

Rebs herself then tweeted: “Please remember you are seeing a small edited snippet of life in the tent so all is not always as it seems…Please , be nice x”

Abdul, on the other hand, has flown more under the radar.

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