Great British Bake Off's Sandi Toksvig responds to Rahul's 'cheating backlash' ahead of finale

The Great British Bake Off co-presenter Sandi Toksvig has weighed in on this week’s cheating controversy in an exclusive chat with Digital Spy.

Fans cried foul during Patisserie Week, when baker Rahul seemed to be putting the finishing touches on his replica of Prue’s seven-layered torta setteveli cake seconds after Sandi had called time on the technical challenge.

Still, Rahul made it through to next week’s grand final along with Kim-Joy and Ruby Bhogal anyway. Speaking at the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards, Sandi told us she was sorry to see Rahul caught up in drama.

“What you see is what you get [with Rahul],” she insisted. “He’s a really charming man with very little self-confidence and an astonishing talent. The others all have talent, Briony is talented, Ruby is talented, Kim-Joy is talented but at the end of the day, it’s that bake on that day. I’m sorry if there is a backlash.

“Everybody is doing their best. These are not telly people. These are people who have decided to put themselves forward to do something that they are passionate about. So, I would hate for there to be a backlash against anybody.”

As mentioned, Rahul, Kim-Joy and Ruby Bhogal will compete for one last Hollywood Handshake next week in a finale that takes the competition outside the trademark tent for the very first time.

The final episode of The Great British Bake Off 2018 airs next Tuesday (October 30) at 8pm on Channel 4 — and there’s also a special edition of The Great Celebrity Bake Off airing Friday (October 26) as part of Stand Up to Cancer.

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