Catherine Tyldesley addresses and debunks ‘cake gate’ scandal
Comedian Jason Manford took to social media today to stick up for Catherine Tyldesley, who starred with him in BBC’s Scarborough, after her “cakegate” scandal caused controversy.
Catherine hit the headlines after a party planner acting on her behalf was accused of asking for free cake in return for online and magazine exposure.
The Coronation Street star has claimed she had no idea about the request, hitting back at Three Little Birds Bakery founder Rebecca Severs on social media.
Leaping to her defence, Jason decided to make a point about the controversy as he shared a Facebook sharing a picture of himself enjoying a cup of tea dressed as a lion for The Wizard Of Oz musical.
He captioned the snap: “What’s this? A local business asking a celeb to plug their business for free online.
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“One of several requests we get asked a day,” he added pointedly.
“More than happy to help out the @thesoho_hotel and tell everyone to get down there and enjoy their yummy Wizard Of Oz afternoon tea!
“It’s a weird old business showbiz, a reciprocal, symbiotic relationship has flourished online where business and celebs/influencers have become entwined into helping each other out, often for free, simply to share and promote one another. Often for free stuff!!!
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“If either a business or a celeb ever don’t want to do it, a simple no thank you will suffice from either party.
“No witch hunt, no calling people out. Just an unwritten code. Show love. Show respect. #peaceout (Also the cakes were genuinely delicious),” he finished.
The scandal began when Rebecca shared a Facebook post this week with a screenshot of an email exchange between her bakery and the PR company which represented an unidentified “well-known” celebrity asking for a cake for a 40th birthday party in September.
She wrote: “This poor celebrity apparently can’t afford to pay people for their products and services. Spare a thought! What happened to women supporting women.”
Catherine later hit back at the woman’s post on her social media with a video and expressed: “Cake gate! WHAT!
“So I had no idea those emails were being sent. I’m not working with the lovely OK! magazine on anything that I’m aware of and NVRLND are an amazing company.
“They’ve supplied me with performers in the past they’re insane and they’ve been completely misrepresented in this matter.
“Utterly bizarre, don’t really know what to say. I mean I hope the cake lady got the exposure she was craving.”
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