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Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty asks people not to stalk him as 'scary' people follow him home

Daisy Phillipson

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Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty asks people not to stalk him as 'scary' people follow him home

The Great British Bake Off contestant Michael Chakraverty has asked people not to follow him home after 'scary' incidents.

With the popular Channel 4 baking show back on our screens for a new season, a group of new people are taking the UK by storm with their skills.

Chakraverty appeared in the competition back in 2019, coming in sixth place and earning admiration from across the nation.

But three years later, he's still dealing with 'inappropriate' fan moments, including people following him off the tube in London.

Michael Chakraverty appeared on the 2019 edition of the baking show. Credit: Channel 4
Michael Chakraverty appeared on the 2019 edition of the baking show. Credit: Channel 4

This was expressed with a tweet shared earlier this week, in which Chakraverty wrote: "so i’m really thrilled if you love bake off and absolutely say hello if you’d like, but please don’t follow me from the tube to my home."

He added: "it’s really inappropriate and scary."

Dozens of people have commented on the post to share their messages of support, with one writing: "Oh cripes! Are you OK? Some people don't seem to collate celebrity figures with being real people and seem to think the normal rules don't apply."

Another said: "That's awful. Sorry to hear that you went through that. Hope you're ok."

"That's awful. I'm sorry people are so terrible," added a third, while a fourth commented, "People are so disturbed. I'm so sorry you had to experience this."

One fan shared a similar experience they had to go through, writing: "So sorry this happened to you, Michael. I was once followed home when I was in my early 20s and the sheer terror will never leave my memories.

"Hope that you are okay and with someone."

The baking star had previously spoke out about online trolls amid the release of the new season, saying that while the show is a beloved part of British telly, it attracts an 'endless torrent of negative news'.

In a piece written for the Metro, he said: "For the most part, people are lovely - but the fear that you may be ripped apart in an article or on social media puts a nerve-wracking spin on an otherwise thrilling situation for the year’s bakers. 

"Contestants are now advised by Bake Off’s welfare team to steer entirely clear of Twitter if they can avoid it, and I can see why - though it seems a shame to miss out on all its positives, too."

Chakraverty later added: "It’s a pity that some people think that the best response to ordinary people doing extraordinary things is to tear them down, but that says a lot more about them than it does us.

"So, to this year’s new bakers: soak it all up! You’ve done the hard part, now celebrate all that you’ve achieved. We’ve got you.

"To this year’s trolls: if you’ve not got anything nice to tweet, then don’t tweet anything at all."

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: UK News, Twitter, TV and Film

Daisy Phillipson
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