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'Great British Bake Off' Judge Reveals She Was Forced To 'Drown Some Kittens' In A Bag As A Kid

'Great British Bake Off' Judge Reveals She Was Forced To 'Drown Some Kittens' In A Bag As A Kid
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In her new memoir, Prue Leith, a judge for The Great British Bake Off, recounted a story that traumatized her to her core, even 70 years later.

As a small girl living on a farm in South Africa that was often inundated with new kittens, she was at one point made to drown a bag full of kittens that were hours old, as her mom had issues finding even more kittens a home.

She wrote:

"My mother and I, then 11, had just drowned some kittens… and for weeks I imagined those poor dead creatures."

She explained to HuffPo why she deliberately put the story in her memoir.

"I wrote about it honestly in my book, as an 11 year old it was an extremely traumatic experience, not one I would forget, however it is what happened 70 years ago.”

Reactions to the memoir and HuffPo article about it have been interesting, to say the least.

Leith is a divisive figure in the UK, being of the conservative party. People said knowing this will influence how they watch The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), now.

Others remarked there's no way they would put this into a memoir and then talk about it again.

Some of the comments reference her membership in the Tory party explicitly.

Others just serve to illustrate exactly how she is not well-liked by many people on Twitter.

Another person this fact on top of the other weird stuff happening now.

What an awful experience for Leith to have.

And how interesting she would reveal it in such a way.