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Paul Hollywood reunites with host Emma Bunton for The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition


He’s had a turbulent year after splitting from his girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam.

But Paul Hollywood, 53, will be doing what he does best Stateside this December, as he appears in a first look at season five of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition.

The bread expert, who judges the show alongside American chef Sherry Yard, 55, will join hosts Emma Bunton, 43, and Anthony Adams, 39, as ten bakers tackle cakes and bread in the first challenge of the new series. 

They're back! Paul Hollywood will be doing what he does best Stateside this December, as he appears in season five of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

They’re back! Paul Hollywood will be doing what he does best Stateside this December, as he appears in season five of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition

In the first look snaps, Paul judges the ten bakers’ efforts in creating some delicious festive treats.

It is yet to be revealed which delicious dishes will be created, it seems that Paul will be as picky as ever when tasting the treats. 

Emma also seems to poke fun at the famous line ‘Let them eat cake’ as she dresses up in a flamboyant pink gown to film a hilarious sketch with Anthony.

Exciting: First looks snaps unveil the ten bakers battling it out (L-R) Carlos, Helen, Sarita, Bianca, Dana, Andrew, Tanya, Alex, Marissa and Sally

Exciting: First looks snaps unveil the ten bakers battling it out (L-R) Carlos, Helen, Sarita, Bianca, Dana, Andrew, Tanya, Alex, Marissa and Sally

Dynamic duo: Emma Bunton is also returning to host the show alongside former US football star turned presenter Anthony ''Spice'' Adams

Dynamic duo: Emma Bunton is also returning to host the show alongside former US football star turned presenter Anthony ”Spice” Adams

Funny: In a sketch for the series, Emma seems to be poking fun at the iconic quote 'Let them eat cake, believed to have been uttered by Marie Antoinette

Funny: In a sketch for the series, Emma seems to be poking fun at the iconic quote ‘Let them eat cake, believed to have been uttered by Marie Antoinette

Hilarious: Emma seems to be getting Anthony into the Early Modern spirit by dressed him in a white frilled collar for the hilarious scenes

Hilarious: Emma seems to be getting Anthony into the Early Modern spirit by dressed him in a white frilled collar for the hilarious scenes

The Great American Baking Show was brought back last year after it was abruptly pulled from screens in 2017, following allegations of sexual misconduct by several women towards Johnny Iuzzini, 45.

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The chef was first hit with allegations on November 29 2017, when US news source Mic published the accounts of four women who had worked under Iuzzini at Jean Georges in New York City.

The women described being sexually harassed and even verbally abused by the inappropriate and temperamental executive pastry chef.

Busy: Paul has had an eventful year after he split from girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam in August

Busy: Paul has had an eventful year after he split from girlfriend Summer Monteys-Fullam in August

United: On the show Paul is joined by fellow chef Sherry Yard, with the first show being a two-hour special with a Cakes and Bread theme

United: On the show Paul is joined by fellow chef Sherry Yard, with the first show being a two-hour special with a Cakes and Bread theme

Menacing: As ever Paul appears to be a tough critic as he judges the baking creations in the festive creations

Menacing: As ever Paul appears to be a tough critic as he judges the baking creations in the festive creations

Iuzzini partially apologised for some of the behaviour recounted in the story, while claiming innocence when it came to some of the other accusations.

In the end, ABC decided to go forward with airing the third season of The Great American Baking Show, which debuted last week.

But ABC pulled the show off the air on Wednesday 13th December, a day after Mic published a second report, citing four more people who had either been personally harassed by Iuzzini or witnessed his misbehaviour. The second episode was set to air that Thursday.

Drama: Pauls' US break through The Great American Baking Show returned last year, after it was axed in 2017 when judge Johnny Iuzzini was accused of sexual misconduct

Drama: Pauls’ US break through The Great American Baking Show returned last year, after it was axed in 2017 when judge Johnny Iuzzini was accused of sexual misconduct

Brooding: It remains to be seen whether any of the ten bakers will earn the coveted 'Hollywood Handshake'

Brooding: It remains to be seen whether any of the ten bakers will earn the coveted ‘Hollywood Handshake’

Power pair: Paul has been a judge on the show since its third season - which was cut short = and Sherry joined the show for season four last year

Power pair: Paul has been a judge on the show since its third season – which was cut short = and Sherry joined the show for season four last year

In a statement to Variety, the network said that they decided to take the show off the air because of Iuzzini’s reported actions.

‘In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of ‘The Great American Baking Show’ episodes,’ an ABC spokesperson said.

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‘ABC takes matters such as those described in the allegations very seriously and has come to the conclusion that they violate our standards of conduct. This season’s winner will be announced at a later date. Episodes of ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’ and ‘CMA Country Christmas’ will take its place this week and next.’ 

Put to the test: Carlos will show off his baking skills in the tent

At odds: He will be joined by Bianca for the festive series

Put to the test: Among the bakers set to battle it out in the famous tent are Carlos (left) and Bianca (right)

Revealing: As ever Emma and Anthony will reveal which culinary creations that bakers will be tested with

Revealing: As ever Emma and Anthony will reveal which culinary creations that bakers will be tested with

Paul previously tried to kick off his US TV career with The American Baking Competition, which ran for one season in 2013.

Following his time in the States, Paul confessed to having an affair with his co-host Marcela Valladolid. He briefly separated from his wife Alexandra before reuniting at the end of 2013. The couple went onto split for good in November 2017.

He confessed at the time: ‘I did have an affair in America with my co-judge and it was something which was the biggest mistake of my life because actually I still love my wife.’

Dramatic: Marissa will test her baking skills for the Cakes and Bread theme

Head to head: Tanya will also join the lineup of ten bakers in the tent

Joining forces: Marissa (left) will also go up against Tanya in the iconic tent for the first week with a Cakes and Bread theme

At odds: Andrew will also put his skills at baking cakes and all manner of delicious treats to the ultimate test

At odds: Andrew will also put his skills at baking cakes and all manner of delicious treats to the ultimate test

Paul himself has also had an eventful year, after he split from girlfriend Summer, 24, in August when she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

He is now thought to be dating barmaid girlfriend Melissa Spalding, 36, and the pair have recently been spotted in Cyprus where he holidayed with Summer one year prior.

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After pictures emerged in The Sun, Summer took to Instagram with a meme of Leonardo DiCaprio raising a glass with the caption: ‘When you realise your ex is stalking all your Instagram stories’. 

Tested: Hopeful Alex will also be tested on his baking skills

Competitive: Sarita's skill at creating the perfect loaf will be pushed to the limit

Wide-ranging: With a mixture of cakes and bread for the first week, hopefuls Alex (left) and Sarita will be judged by both Sherry and Paul

She proceeded to tag three accounts in which she believes Paul has set up so as to be able to have access to her Stories, without knowing it is him. 

In the background played Cardi B’s Be Careful with the lyrics: ‘This isn’t a threat, it’s a warning.’

It comes as a source close to Summer sensationally alleged Paul and Melissa’s romance had begun before their relationship came to an end. 

Iconic: A US version of The Great British Bake Off was first aired by ABC in 2015

Iconic: A US version of The Great British Bake Off was first aired by ABC in 2015

In competition: Sally is the oldest contestant this series

Where's the flour? Bianca is also heading into the famous tent

In competition: Sally (left) is the oldest contestant this series, and will join Bianca in the tent

Battling it out: Helen rounds out the lineup of the ten bakers battling it out in the iconic tent

Battling it out: Helen rounds out the lineup of the ten bakers battling it out in the iconic tent

The insider exclusively told MailOnline: ‘Summer suspects this relationship is one of the reasons why Paul was keen for Summer to sign an NDA.’ 

Meanwhile, insiders close to Paul have hit out at the claims their relationships overlapped. 

‘Paul and Melissa got together in the last month after being friends for a while, he’s in a happy place and glad to have moved on with someone who courts less drama and respects his private life’, a source told MailOnline.  

The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns on Thursday December 12 at 9pm EST on ABC.

On soon: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns on Thursday December 12 at 9pm EST on ABC

On soon: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns on Thursday December 12 at 9pm EST on ABC



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