Friday 19 July 2019

'A peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is' - Former Bake Off finalist hits out at Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood. Photo: BBC/LOVE
Paul Hollywood. Photo: BBC/LOVE

Former Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh has criticised Paul Hollywood over his decision to stay on the show as it moves to Channel 4.

Tandoh, who starred in the 2013 series, was accused of "flirting" with Hollywood during her time on the show.

Following Hollywood's announcement that he will leave the BBC to continue as a judge on the baking show, a series of tweets were posted on Tandoh's Twitter account slamming his decision.

She called Hollywood a "peacocking manchild" and said she was shocked.

Tandoh also made reference to Hollywood reportedly arriving at filming revving a supercar.

She wrote: "ahhhhhh a peacocking manchild lingering wherever the money is, i am shocked.

"This, from a man who turned up to work revving a rental lamborghini. or was it a ferrari. i don't remember, the air was thick w testosterone."

In the same chain of tweets, she referenced the opening of classic novel Moby-Dick about a relentless hunt of a whale.

She added: "Call me ishmael. my child, it was a dark time: shirts tucked into bootcut jeans and the season's first dusting of spray tan on the ground ...

"We locked in battle with a mythic beast, both bright white and mahogany, man and baby, ego and terrible, terrible fragility all at once."

In 2013 Hollywood was forced to deny claims he gave the then 21-year-old former model preferential treatment because of her looks when she made it to the final of the hit BBC baking show.

Last year - after coming out as gay - Tandoh tweeted: "p.s. for those who thought I fancied Paul Hollywood or that I'd ever bang him to get ahead - Joke's on you, you massive shitting misogynists."

Hollywood spoke out during the series after fans pointed to an on-screen flirtation between the pair and said the suggestion that Tandoh's appearance had improved her chances on the show was "rubbish".

Tandoh, who has published two cookbooks since appearing on the show, lost in the final to Frances Quinn.

Hollywood's representatives declined to comment.

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