A picture of baker Diana Beard, who fans remember was responsible for taking Iain Watters’s Baked Alaska out of the freezer during the (b)incident, was posted on his account, along with the caption: “If you can’t be nice, be naaaasty.”
Iain, who defended Diana amid the backlash she received over the incident in 2014, hit back on Twitter: “Not cool you twat. Not sure what goes through your head, that you think this is the right thing to post.”
Series five winner, Nancy Birtwhistle, who appeared on the show alongside Diana and Iain, also spoke up for Diana.
She tweeted: “My grandmother always instilled in me. ‘If you can’t say anything nice then you shouldn’t say anything at all’. #wisewords.”
Many other former ‘Bake Off’ stars also replied to John, including Diana and Ian’s series pal Luis Troyano, and series six bakers Richard Bur and Sandy Docherty.
Luis tweeted: “Not great John to be honest. Diana has had a torrid time and the last thing she needs is this dragging up again.”
’“Why?” Sandy wrote.
Richard fired back: “Piss off you [bell end].”
However, John has since said he did not post the offending tweet, claiming a friend has stolen his iPad, which was still logged into his social accounts.
“The three highly offensive tweets from this morning were NOT from me, John Whaite. I apologise profusely for the offence caused,” he wrote.
“iPad given to mate, didn’t log out of socials..” he said.
He added he was “fuming” over the incident, agreeing with one follower that they were an “ex-mate now”.