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

Screenshot via The Sun/Twitter

He’s ‘devastated.’

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.

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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.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.

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