Great British Bake Off fans have been left unimpressed with Paul Hollywood over his comments to baker Maggie, describing them as ‘unnecessarily harsh’.
Maggie didn’t have the best of weeks in the most recent episode, with the bakers being tasked with whipping up focaccia, ciabatta, and milk bread for Prue Leith and Paul.
She managed to stay in the competition, with Rochida being eliminated, but Paul still gave her some pretty brutal feedback.
As Maggie presented her showstopper bake, which was sculpted in the shape of a rock pool, Paul asked if it was ‘worth four hours of work’.
Clearly unfazed, Maggie responded: ‘It was for me.’
However, viewers weren’t having any of it.
‘I do think Paul Hollywood is unnecessarily harsh to Maggie,’ one said. ‘He’s really quite mean to her compared to the others. He was mean about her showstopper last week, and this week again. Her octopus looked great.’
Another added: ‘RIGHT LITERALLY WHAT IS PAUL’S ISSUE WITH OUR QUEEN MAGGIE’.
‘I am personally offended when Paul is mean to Maggie!!! Leave her alone!!’ one more said, while another weighed in: ‘Paul, stop being mean to Maggie!’
Paul is known for his often blunt criticism, however, he recently issued a stark warning to any trolls who may come for the bakers on social media.
Ahead of the new series of the hit Channel 4 show, Paul said that while he is used to receiving abuse, the new contestants are ‘raw, they’re new, they’re not used to this’.
‘I had to come out last year in support of Laura because it was out of order,’ he stressed.
‘It had gone out of control, and it is so easy in lockdown when people have got nothing else to do, and all they’re going to do is bombard someone they’re not particularly happy with, and you can’t feed into people like that, you’ve got to be really careful – and so I had to say something.
‘I think ultimately, you’re always going to get sides, you know, it’s like football – you’re always going to get one side against another, but I think ultimately as long as you support them, and Bake Off do, I saw what was happening and I had to say something.’
Paul added that being on the receiving end of trolling is ‘difficult’.
‘Ultimately, I’ve had to deal with a lot of stuff, it is what it is, there’s a backlash and you get used to it to a point, but it still upsets me,’ he added.
‘I’m a judge on a baking show, I’m not a politician, I’m not anything else – I’m just a baker and I get bombarded with stuff that I shouldn’t be bombarded with.
‘So, I’ve learned to live with it, however difficult it is, but it’s not fair on the bakers because they’re raw, they’re new, they’re not used to this, and you’ve got to be really careful.’
Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.