'Great British Baking Show' Star Laura Hits Back at Trolls Upset Over Hermine's Elimination

Kayla Keegan
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Photo credit: Youtube

From Good Housekeeping

  • The Great British Baking Show finalist Laura Adlington is calling for kindness after receiving backlash for making it to the season 11 finale.

  • Viewers went after Laura when she was given a finale spot over fan favorite Hermine in the semifinals round.

  • Judge Paul Hollywood even had to step in and defend Laura from all the online criticism.

  • Laura, David Friday, and Peter Sawkins will participate in the season 11 finale next week.

  • The semifinals episode of The Great British Baking Show comes to the U.S. via Netflix on Friday, November 20.

Great British Baking Show finalist Laura Adlington has had enough of the online hate.

Unfortunately, Laura received lots of criticism after the semifinals episode aired in the U.K. this past Tuesday. During it, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith narrowed down the competition to the top three finalists. While it was believed by many that Hermine, who won Star Baker multiple times throughout season 11, would sail through to the finale, the standout baker had a tough time nailing her bakes during Pâtisserie Week. As a result, she was eliminated one week before the season 11 finale.

Meanwhile, Laura, who has struggled more frequently throughout the competition, had a better week and ended up earning the final spot in the top three alongside David Friday and Peter Sawkins.

The surprising elimination prompted lots of online backlash against Paul and Prue. Sadly, some trolls even went after Laura with hateful messages, claiming that she didn't deserve to be in the finale. In response to the noise, Laura hopped on Twitter to defend herself: "It's ok to be sad your favourite person didn't go through, but please remember it's not my fault. I don't make the decisions. GBBO is all about kindness and I haven't seen much of that on here."

In a second tweet, she doubled down on the online trolls: "It's easy to sit there on your sofa and judge. But I am a real person with feelings. Please take a moment to consider your words before you judge someone you've never met and whose food you've never tasted."

What's more, Paul jumped in to defend Laura against all the backlash and criticism. In an Instagram post, the bread master said he was "sad" to learn that people were trolling Laura. "It's disgusting behavior. Those of you who may not be aware how bake off works, or new to the series may have missed what we have ALWAYS done on bake off judging. Each week stands on its own!!"

Paul continued to explain that he and Prue don't take into account what the bakers have done in previous weeks — it only matters if the bakers are able to do well in the challenges they are given that week. His message ended with a plea to "STOP trolling any of the bakers" and for viewers to remember that only he and Prue can "actually smell and eat the bakes."

Hermine also spoke up on social media to spread positivity after being eliminated from the series. "Please let's [make] a conscious and collective effort to stop cyberbullying. We can do this.together!!! ONE MESSAGE AT A TIME," she wrote on Instagram.

Looking ahead to the season 11 finale, Laura, David, and Peter will be tasked with a set-custard signature challenge, "choccy-nut" technical challenge, and a dessert tower showstopper challenge. At the end, only one will be crowned The Great British Baking Show champion.

Viewers in the U.S. will be able to watch the season 11 finale starting Friday, November 27 on Netflix.

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