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I'm really not that mean, says Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood said he is not as mean as the editors on the show make him out to be.

Known for his critical comments, the hard-to-please baker insists all his criticism is constructive and says he even hugs contestants when they are upset.

Speaking about the hit BBC show at the Radio Times Festival, Hollywood said: "They may cut the edit where I turn round and say, 'It looks like you piped that from 15 foot up'. But what you didn't see is my lead up to that, because what I would actually have said is, 'You should have piped it from here, and then drawn your piping from this side to create this'.

"But all you see is the last bit, and everybody goes, 'Oh you're so critical'."

He said there have been plenty of moments where he has consoled upset bakers too.

"There have been a couple of times this year where they've cried," he said, adding that at this point he has walked over to comfort them.

"I give them a hug, and I whisper to them, 'It's OK, it's only a baking show. You'll be back for the next challenge. Don't worry.' I walk back, and then they cut all that out." he said.

Hollywood, who said he is quite shy, keeping himself to himself, watches the show at home in his dressing gown while eating a piece of cake and drinking a mug of tea.

"And I watch Bake Off, and at the end of it I always say, 'It's a great programme that'. I don't know what it is... It's when the music comes in. I love that music," he said.

In fact he loves it so much that he has the theme tune on his phone.

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