Paul Hollywood blasts ‘disgusting’ Bake Off fans for ‘trolling’ Laura after Hermine’s exit

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Paul Hollywood, 54, has taken to Instagram to defend The Great British Bake Off 2020 finalist Laura Adlington after she faced nasty comments online following former contestant Hermine’s exit from the Channel 4 show last night. Hermine had impressed viewers on the programme and had been awarded star baker two times in a row by Paul and fellow judge Prue Leith, 80, which led fans to claim she had been “robbed” of her place in the final.

Some online trolls then targeted Laura, as they argued she should have been told to leave the Bake Off tent instead of Hermine due to some mistakes she made in the semi-finals.

Judge Paul insisted he was less than impressed by those who were “trolling” Laura and shared his thoughts in view of his 394,000 Instagram followers today.

He wrote: “I’ve heard of some sad people trolling Laura, it’s disgusting behaviour. Those of you who may not be aware how Bake Off works or new to the series may have missed what we have ALWAYS done on Bake Off, judging.

“Each week stands on its own!! It never matters what any baker has done in previous weeks.”

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The TV chef added: “Even if you win 4/5 star bakers and then have a bad week, you will be at risk of going sadly. It’s the rule that has been in place for 11 years!!”

Paul then set the record straight on his famous Hollywood handshakes from the show: “Also I ONLY give out handshakes in signature not in showstopper or technical, there was one exception three years ago… STOP trolling any of the bakers!! 

“Remember Prue and I can actually smell and eat the bakes… Bring on the final X.”

Paul’s statement comes after Hermine told fans not to be “unkind in her name” following her elimination.


She shared a message to Instagram that said: “Please don’t be unkind in my name. I am all about love and kindness. 

“Honour my time in the GBBO by showing love and kindness. Behind what looks like characters on your tele are real people. Love. Mental health is real!!!”

While pointing out the tragic impact trolling can have on people, Hermine continued: “Don’t be the reason why someone ended their life. This is a strong sentence but real! It happens all the time. So let’s talk about it.

“When our emotions get the best out of us, we can sometimes be unkind. It is important to take a moment to acknowledge your emotions, know that they are there and be aware of what they are just about to make you say or do.”

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She concluded: “Know that you are in control of your emotions and not the other way round. Choose right over wrong. Take a moment to read through what you have wrote before pressing send.”

Laura also spoke out on some unpleasant comments she had received on social media in a Twitter post.

She wrote: “It’s easy to sit there on your sofa and judge.

“But I am a real person with feelings. Please take a moment to consider your words before you judge someone you’ve never met and whose food you’ve never tasted.”

She continued: “It’s ok to be sad your favourite person didn’t go through, but please remember it’s not my fault. 

“I don’t make the decisions. GBBO is all about kindness and I haven’t seen much of that on here.”

Hermine’s exit means that Laura, Peter and Dave will be competing in next week’s final to be crowned the winner of The Great British Bake Off 2020.

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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