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GBBO's Paul Hollywood Says His Famous 'Hollywood Handshakes' Are About To Stop

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GBBO's Paul Hollywood Says His Famous 'Hollywood Handshakes' Are About To Stop

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has revealed that his handshakes are set to stop before the end of the current series.

The Hollywood handshake used to be a rare occurrence on the baking show, with only the best of the best being on the receiving end.

Paul explained that he gives out the handshake when a bake looks and tastes professional, but because the standard of baking is getting better, he has decided to raise the bar.

Credit: Channel 4/Great British Bake Off
Credit: Channel 4/Great British Bake Off
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Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul addressed Bake Off fans' concern over the decreasing value of a Hollywood handshake.

Paul said: "I've taken a bit of flack over [it]. The handshake came from when [bakes] looked very professional and they almost cross that line from being amateur to professional.

"Every year the standard has got better and better and better and this year has been phenomenal. Some of the flavours they are bringing out. Rahul's stuff has been incredible.

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Credit: BBC/Great British Bake Off
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"You will see it happen [in a few weeks] the handshakes almost stop. Because what I've done is I've realised they are all moving up in standard so I've got to move my barrier up so that's exactly what I do, I raise the bar and then no one gets over the top of it."

Paul also spoke about his reaction to Terry's emotional exit interview, after he was eliminated from the tent last week.

He said: "I actually watched it and I welled up a bit because I love Terry, I thought his style of baking was fantastic and when he was on song, he was flying. And unfortunately, the best bakers have to go through and it's not a character thing, it's purely down to what's on that plate."

In the interview, Terry opened up about the 'love of his life' - his late wife Joanna who passed away last year.

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Terry admitted that the baking show had helped him to grieve. He said: "I said I wouldn't get upset.

"It's funny when you're on your own... my wife and I were very happy and that was a massive loss.

"There wasn't anything to fill the void for a very long time so it's given me a focus.

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"I've met some lovely people I'm sure we'll keep in touch for a very long time."

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Great British Bake Off

Topics: Celebrity News, TV News, TV Entertainment, Great British Bake Off, Celebrity Entertainment

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