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TUV man's anger at Bake Off's Fielding hiding in fridge

By Claire Williamson

The Great British Bake Off is under fire after showing presenter Noel Fielding hiding in a fridge.

The programme, which recently moved to Channel 4 from the BBC, was shown at 8pm - which many pointed out was before the watershed at 9pm.

It was bread week and during one of the challenges it showed host Sandi Toksvig open a fridge door with fellow comic presenter Noel crouched inside.

Channel 4 further highlighted the point of the show by tweeting it with the caption "just when you thought Noel Fielding couldn't get any cooler".

Among those voicing their concern was TUV Newtownabbey councillor David Hollis who has lodged an official complaint against Channel 4.

He took to social media and said: "Noel Fielding on last night’s Great British Bake Off was seen to be hiding in a fridge and the door was opened by a fellow presenter. The fridge door was then closed on him and locked, with Fielding inside - all before the 9:00 o’clock showdown.”

"Many children have, in the past, lost their lives in accidents involving fridges. I have made a complaint to Channel 4. They need to put this right by stating the dangers and get rid of this non-entity Noel Fielding immediately.”

Mr Hollis told the Belfast Telegraph: "It was before the 9.30pm watershed when children could be watching. Here we have a presenter opening a fridge with another presenter inside it.

"And then they move it on to adverts and next thing is the doors is closed on him again.

"Children are liable to try something like that for fun or play. The suction on the doors - children would have great difficulty trying to get open again.

"We've had deaths in the past and it's very irresponsible.

"I have made an official complaint to them."

Fellow viewers also complained online with some branding the stunt "irresponsible" and "dangerous".

While others jumped to the defence of the programme arguing that children wouldn't be watching the programme.

After Mr Hollis contacted Channel 4, a spokesperson replied: “Thank you for your email regarding the light-hearted piece by the presenters in last night’s The Great British Bake Off.

“We appreciate your concerns, however, modern day fridges are designed to be pushed open from the inside to minimise any possible risk.

“In addition and in order to alleviate viewers’ potential concerns, Sandi was holding the door at all times so that the door was never fully closed.

“Nevertheless, please be assured that all your comments have been logged and noted for the attention of those responsible for our programming.

“Thank you again for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate all feedback from our viewers, complimentary or otherwise.”

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