PAUL Hollywood came under fire from The Great British Bake Off fans after he questioned a contestant’s age, despite dating 22-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam.
He asked the youngster: “What age are you?”
The student revealed he is 20 years old, but has taken a gap year to take part in the programme.
Paul quipped: “Does your mum know you’re here?”
But the comment surprised viewers, as Paul recently dated Summer who was 29 years his junior – although they have since split up.
Prior to dating the former barmaid, Paul was married to ex wife Alexandra after they tied the knot in 1998.
One watcher tweeted: “Paul: ‘what age are you?’ Jamie: ‘I’m 20’ Paul: ‘does your mum know you’re here?’ Dude your ex girlfriend was TWO YEARS OLDER WHEN YOU LEFT YOUR WIFE AND KIDS FOR HER.”
A second added: “Why’s Paul Hollywood making jokes about a 20 year old contestant’s age like he wasn’t cracking on with a 21 year old last year?? #GBBO“
A third tweeted: “Did Paul really age shame someone who is two years older than the woman he left his wife for?”
A separate viewer shared: “Paul Hollywood making jokes about someone’s young age and their mum letting them out is…well, you know. Come on now.”
While another wrote: “Ain’t your girlfriend the same age Paul? Lol.”
Later in the episode contestants paid tribute to their relatives by using their ancestors trusted recipes to make a fruit cake.
Steph said: “I am making my great grandma Rosie’s fruit cake.”
To which Paul questioned: “Is your great-grandma still with us?”
But the comment fuelled further jokes from viewers, with another viewer tweeting: “‘Is your great-grandma still with us?’ – is that Paul Hollywood looking for a new girlfriend his own age?”
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