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Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith make up the new Bake Off panel Channel 4

Bake Off judge Prue Leith has accidentally tweeted the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2017 - 12 hours before the finale is due to air.

The 77-year-old restaurateur and television personality has since deleted the tweet, congratulating a contestant upon taking the crown.

Leith tweeted: "No one told me judging a #gbbo final would be so emotional. I wanted them all to win. Bravo [name of contestant]."

Fans went berserk over the slip-up, with one person responding: "IS THIS FOR REAL OH GOD" as another put: "As someone who works in social media, having heart palpitations on behalf of Prue Leith".

Leith subsequently attempted to cover her tracks after deleting the revealing tweet and posting another stating: "It's the #GBBO final! Who will win? Thrilled to say Paul, Noel Sandi & I will all be back! Do you want to join us?"

One miffed follower replied with: "Well we know because you told us. Well done".

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Pixelated screengrab of Prue Leith's tweet naming the winner Twitter

The Bake Off finale airs at 8pm on Channel 4 tonight.