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'Bake Off' Fans Hit Out At Paul Hollywood For ‘Cruel’ Comment To Steph

'Bake Off' Fans Hit Out At Paul Hollywood For ‘Cruel’ Comment To Steph

The Great British Bake Off's final took place last night, and it was certainly tense.

While Steph Blackwell was bookie's favourite to win the Channel 4 show, she crumbled under the pressure, producing a sub-par soufflé that sadly looked more like a soup, and a batch of macaroons that left a lot to be desired.

But the final nail in the coffin was when poor Steph pulled together her picnic basket for the showstopper, only for Paul Hollywood to rip it to shreds in just three words.

Steph had a very tense finale of Bake Off (Credit: Channel 4)
Steph had a very tense finale of Bake Off (Credit: Channel 4)
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As he conducted his critiques alongside Prue Leith, Paul offered the other bakers, David Atherton and Alice Fevronia, some kind words.

But when he got to the Chester shop assistant - who had been crying all episode due to the pressures of the final - he simply said: "Never mind Steph," and walked on.

"Imagine winning star baker 4 times, getting to the final and being told "never mind steph" #GBBOFinal," one appalled viewer wrote.

Paul Hollywood was criticised for his cutting comments (Credit: Channel 4)
Paul Hollywood was criticised for his cutting comments (Credit: Channel 4)
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While another added: "'never mind steph' is the most brutally upsetting thing any human could have possibly said in that moment #gbbo #GBBOFinal".

A third remarked: "Paul literally went innnnn on Steph! So nasty. No need. #GBBO #GBBOFinal."

However, Paul clearly felt bad after the jibe, then returning to Steph and giving her a sympathetic hug.

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Going into the final week, the bookies had banked on Steph to take the Bake Off crown with strong 4/5 odds at Ladbrokes.

"Steph has consistently been the best baker in the tent, even on her weaker bakes, and it'd be a huge surprise if she didn't land the prize," the betting company told Metro.

Alice followed with 3/1 odds to win the show having won Star Baker twice, while David, who hadn't won the Star Baker accolade once, was given 4/1 odds.

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However, amid Steph's panicked final, she didn't take the top spot, with David instead coming out victorious following an impressive showstopper and a consistent final.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: Paul Hollywood, Bake Off, GBBO, Great British Bake Off, Channel 4

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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