BAKE Off Judge, Dame Prue Leith, has said she does not regret voting for Brexit, despite being targeted by online trolls.

The West Oxfordshire local revealed on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs her ‘horrible’ experience of being trolled about how she voted in the 2016 referendum.

She said: “It is horrible.

“Being trolled is absolutely awful because you are so powerless – everyone says this, but it’s true, you cannot come back and argue your case.

“But I was advised, and I think correctly, to do nothing, don’t give it oxygen, all you’ll do is reignite the people who hate you.”

The writer and broadcaster, however, added that she thinks the labour shortage for the hospitality sector, caused by Brexit, should have been tackled sooner.

The 81-year-old, who lives near Chipping Norton, explained: “I haven’t actually regretted it [voting for Brexit] because I still think long-term it’s a good thing, but I voted because I thought that we ought to be making our own decisions.

“And the only things that I have been disappointed by – and they are disappointing – is obviously I think we were not quick enough to realise just how difficult it would be to get staff.”

The TV chef also explained she is considering giving up her catchphrase, ‘is it worth the calories’, after receiving criticism from Beat – a charity that supports those affected by eating disorders.

Prue said: “I don't know why I say it. It's just an expression of how much I love something, ‘Oh, this is worth every calorie,’ I'll say.

“Beat, you know, they are a charity that tries to tackle eating disorders.

“They say that I mustn't say it because people then, people who have an eating disorder, feel guilty, feel unhappy, and so they'll eat more.

“So perhaps I'll stop saying it.”

Speaking on the renowned radio programme, The Great British Bake Off judge, said she felt ‘so terrible’ when she accidentally revealed the winner in 2017.                                                                                                                      

The Oxfordshire celeb had been on holiday in Bhutan and became confused by the time difference, going on Twitter to congratulate the winner six hours before the show was broadcast.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, she said: “It was absolutely awful.

“I was having a siesta in Bhutan and I picked up my phone and I saw a message from the production company who said ‘don’t forget to congratulate the winner after 10pm’.

“I looked at my watch and quickly tweeted ‘bravo Sophie’ and a text came whizzing in which just said ‘eek eek it’s tonight delete delete’.

“By then I was panicking so much I didn’t know which button to press so I rang my secretary, which I do in every moment of panic, and she said don’t worry I’ve deleted it.

“She had deleted it 89 seconds after it went out but it was too late, it had gone viral by then.

“I just felt so terrible.

“What’s interesting is the prime minister of Bhutan rang me up and said ‘you have put Bhutan on the map’.”