Channel 5 News apologises amid fan fury after leaking Celebrity MasterChef winner

Channel 5 News was forced to apologise on Tuesday night after it accidentally leaked the winner of Celebrity MasterChef before the episode had aired.

During the festive special of the BBC One show called Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off, which aired at 8pm, it saw Judi Love crowned the winner.

However, before viewers even had the chance to watch their favourite stars battle it out in the kitchen, Channel 5 News accidentally unveiled the winner, leaving fans annoyed.

Taking to Twitter after the leak, the official Channel 5 News account apologised for the blunder.

They penned: "We would like to say sorry for mistakenly announcing the winner of BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef before it was revealed on the programme tonight.

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"Apologies to all fans of the show and congratulations @1Judilove on a fantastic win."

Taking to Twitter at the time after the result was accidentally revealed, one person put: "Well done @5_News for giving a spoiler, without warning, on the 8pm news today of the winner of Celebrity @MasterChefUK showing later in evening."

A different account put: "How did @5_News on @channel5_tv just announce the winner of Celebrity @MasterChefUK ? I’m literally just recording the first of two programmes right now!!!! Thanks a bunch!!!"

Another follower wrote: "@5_News why did you just announce who won celeb masterchef? Its just started on BBC 1!"

While a different annoyed fan added: "Thanks for that @5_News , celebrity masterchef is only just coming on tv for the first time and you decided to spoil the winner. #NotImpressed."

During the festive special on Tuesday, Strictly and Loose Women star Judi, 41, battled it out in the kitchen against the likes of Oti Mabuse and Joey Essex before being crowned the winner.

Taking to social media after the incredible win, she penned: "Winner, Champion of @MasterChefUK Christmas Special 2021! #JudiLove

"All I can do is cook from my heart! The food I was raised up with. My parents were Jamaican born and they loved to show love with food. And that’s what I did tonight!! Thank you @GreggAWallace @JohnTorode1."

Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off will return on Thursday for a second episode with new stars set to battle it out in the kitchen.

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The line-up includes Gemma Collins, Joe Swash, Les Dennis, Mica Paris and the Reverend Richard Coles.

Celebrity MasterChef Christmas Cook-Off continues on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.

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