“Great British Bake Off” judge Paul Hollywood apologized to fans after an image of him in a Nazi costume was published in The Sun on Sunday.
The 51-year-old baking expert explained that the photo came from a 2003 New Year’s
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Hollywood’s wife and friends were also shown in the photographs wearing costumes inspired by characters from the show, including ones resembling Nazis and French Resistance officers.
“I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence [sic] to anyone,” Hollywood said in a statement. “Everyone who knows me knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”
In 2015, Hollywood appeared on an episode of BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” where he learned that his grandfather, Norman Harman, fought in Tunisia and Italy during WWII as an anti-aircraft gunner.
Hollywood is the only returning cast member on the latest season of “Great British Bake Off,” which moved from BBC One to Channel 4 last year. He is joined by new judge Prue Leith and new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.