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Bawdy Bake Off banter defended

The Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins has laughed off complaints about her saucy presenting style after viewers protested a bout "the constant smutty remarks" on the hit show.

The BBC's Points Of View show heard complaints about Sue and co-host Mel Giedroyc with one viewer saying: "T hey get smuttier and smuttier and it is totally unnecessary. Mary Berry looked quite embarrassed on the first programme of this series and so were we as a family."

Other viewers said t hey were "tired of the constant smutty remarks of the two hosts".

Points Of View showed several controversial clips including one where the presenters told the contestants they had "to pop Mary's cherry... in the oven and then bring it out again".

In another clip, they congratulated a contestant for being " commended on your nuts by Mary Berry".

Writing on Twitter, Sue said she was more worried about her impression of a Dutch accent in a Eurovision-inspired gag when the bakers had to make European cakes.

She said : " Mel/Sue complaints on POV don't bother me, it's the European Parliament's ruling on our 'Dutch' accents I'm dreading..."

This year's series, the first since it moved from BBC Two to BBC One, has already been controversial after contestant Iain Watters dumped his Baked Alaska in the bin after it melted.

The episode - which sparked false allegations of cheating about fellow baker Diana Beard and caused a national kerfuffle - pulled in more than 10 million viewers.

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