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It was enough to send the world as we know it spinning off it's axis.
It was the most shocking thing ever seen on British television. It ranks up there with Kennedy and Princess Diana as 'where were you' moments in your life.
It was the day an old lady was blamed for some melted ice cream.
The Great British Bake Off sent the twittersphere into complete and utter meltdown last night, after two contestants became embroiled in a row about a baked alaska.
Re-read that last bit again. Yes, a cake with ice cream in it.
Builder and bread maker Iain Watters was left swimming in sweet and sticky sauce after his black sesame seed ice cream was taken out of the freezer by fellow contestant Mary Beard - only for said ice cream to collapse everywhere.
Agog that a 69-year-old woman would sabotage a fellow Bake Off Buddy, Iain decided to answer Sue Perkin's question of 'how are we going to present this' with the classic line 'by doing this' - and promptly threw the whole lot in the bin in a fit of gentlemanly pique.
Cut to Diana - lips a-quivering, eyes a-raised.
Courtesy of Great British Bake Off and BBCOne
Classic TV indeed. But what makes this scenario even better (i.e better TV) are the little back stories and reactions - it was filmed on the hottest day of the year (ice cream work in 30 degree heat, what could go wrong?); the age of Diana (at 69, the oldest contestant in GBBO history); Diana is a lifelong WI member; Iain being a gentleman about it all, blaming no one); Diana 'not apologising' to camera; Iain's presentation of a bin to Paul and Mary.
Not least the fact we will no longer see Sue stroking Iain's magnificent beard.
And that is the point folks - better TV. The editors of the show must have thought it was Christmas in July - and, not for the first time, edited the facts to add a little more (all) spice, a little more piquancy to the dish that is a prime time cooking show.
Did Diana deliberately sabotage a thirty one year-old's cake on purpose? Course not.
Was said cake out of a freezer for hours and hours? No, more like 40 seconds by all accounts.
What is fact is that a man whom has come ninth in the Bake Off will forever be associated with melted ice cream - and will no doubt now go on to bigger and better things (quite rightly).
More worryingly, is that Diana will be seen as the villain of the piece - wrongly in our opinion - thanks to clever tape cutting. Leave poor Diana alone we say.
It was a calculated piece of PR from the producers of the show - boy did it work. But is also seems that this has legs - it's going to run and run. You have to feel for Diana.
I am sure the likes of Sue, Mel, Paul and Mary would have seen the cut previous to it airing last night - but they must have had their concerns? This was CustardGate x20 after all.
Forewarned is forearmed and all that. But not even they could have imagined the bile, spite and outrage that followed. It's still going on this morning.
As Paul Hollywood said last night on Twitter... 'I'm glad Mary is not on Twitter - this would upset her #enoughnow'.