Mary Berry, 85, was shocked to discover that her name was being used to promote products including CBD oil and face cream online. She told Watchdog presenter Matt Allwright, that she began receiving dozens of emails from customers.
I was just absolutely shattered
In scenes airing tonight on The One Show, Mary says: “We began to get emails – ‘there’s a cream and you recommend it. If you say it’s good, we thought it was worth spending the money’.
“I was just absolutely shattered people could be conned.”
Another product endorsed unknowingly by the former Bake Off presenter was a product linked to helping chronic pain.
The TV chef believes her name was attached to the brand because of a former condition she suffered as a child.
Mary Berry, 85, was shocked to discover that her name was being used to promote products
Mary Berry has appeared on screens since the 1970s and more recently appeared on popular show The Great British Bake Off
She continued: “I had Polio when I was a child and because I’ve got a bit of a wonky hand, they think its arthritis and perhaps this is the cure for arthritis.”
Although Facebook took down the hoax adverts, many Bake Off fans had already purchased the products.
“I get more emails than I can read because I start to read them, and then I begin to get upset and I think I just can’t read anymore,” she sighed.
“I would like the social medium platforms that all these are claims are on, should be vetted before they go on and checked out.”
Back in 2016, Mary Berry stepped down after the competition announced its departure from the BBC to Channel 4
Mary Berry has hosted several lifestyle shows including Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets
One of the companies using Mary’s image, Bionic Bliss, has told Watchdog it has now ceased trading.
The company also claimed it was not responsible for the adverts online.
Mary Berry has appeared on screens since the 1970s and more recently appeared on popular show The Great British Bake Off.
Back in 2016, the TV chef stepped down after the competition announced its departure from the BBC to Channel 4.
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In a statement, Mary announced: “What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off.
“The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.
“My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one.”
Since leaving, the star has hosted several lifestyle shows including Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets.
On BBC, she appeared on Britain’s Best Home Cook which is also a culinary competition.
Of her former costar, Paul Hollywood who remained with The Great British Bake Off, Mary told Radio Times: “I would always stand by him.
“Paul and I had our differences about what was important to us but he is a brilliant bread-maker and I admired him a lot.”
Of show hosts Mel and Sue, Mary declared: “They are extraordinary. They are extremely bright and their humour is spontaneous and very cheeky. They are hilarious and I am so fond of them.”