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‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Paul Hollywood under fire for Nazi costume

He's 'devastated.'


Christine Friar


Posted on Sep 11, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:51 pm CDT

The Great British Bake Off may be about as G-rated as Netflix‘s adult offerings get, but that didn’t stop one of the judges from getting himself into hot water this weekend.

A photo of celebrity chef (and famously critical bread chewer) Paul Hollywood decked out in head-to-toe Nazi regalia hit the internet this weekend after British tabloid the Sun unearthed the pic:

While he’s observably in a bar, standing next to another costumed guy in military gear, the photo made the internet wonder: Is there ever an appropriate time to dress up like a Nazi? Twitter seemed divided on the issue.

For his part, Hollywood tweeted an apologetic explanation Sunday. Apparently the outfit was part of a group costume depicting the characters of ‘Allo ‘Allo!—an ’80s British sitcom about a French cafe owner trying to ride out World War II.

“I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone,” Hollywood wrote in a screenshot. “The picture was taken 14 years ago on our way to a [comedy TV show’s themed] New Year’s Eve party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo. Everyone who knows me knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”

Something tells us Mary Berry still might not be too pleased.

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*First Published: Sep 11, 2017, 10:51 am CDT