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Hollywood backs Bake Off decisions

Paul Hollywood (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/PA)
Paul Hollywood (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone

Paul Hollywood has defended the choices he makes on The Great British Bake Off, saying that critical viewers cannot taste and smell the creations.

Hollywood, who judges alongside Prue Leith on the baking show, also said he had received "something similar" to death threats due to some of the decisions he has made in the tent.

He told The Jonathan Ross Show: "I get a lot of people offering me a lot of advice on who should have stayed and who should have gone.

"There are two senses the people who watch don't lock on to. We've got taste and smell and they are critical when you're baking.

"On camera you look at the colours and the pretty pictures and you go, 'That must taste good', when it tastes like rubber or it's too salty or too sweet."

Asked about fan criticism, and referring to Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas's recent revelation about being sent death threats online, Hollywood said: "I've had something similar, so I understand."

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