Paul Hollywood: Trolling Bake Off finalists ‘disgusting’

Publishedduration4 hours agoimage copyrightGetty/Channel 4image captionBake Off judge Paul Hollywood has defended the decision to put Laura through to next week's final

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has defended finalist Laura Adlington after she was criticised by viewers online after the semi-final.

Laura faced negative comments on social media after narrowly avoiding elimination this week, at the expense of Hermine.

In an Instagram post, Hollywood said trolling was "disgusting behaviour".

He stressed that he and fellow judge Prue Leith make their decisions based purely on the food in front of them.

"Those of you who may not be aware how Bake Off works or new to the series may have missed what we have always done on Bake Off judging," wrote Hollywood.

"Each week stands on its own!! It never matters what any baker has done in previous weeks.

"Even if you win 4/5 star bakers and then have a bad week you will be at risk of going sadly. It's the rule that has been in place for 11 years!!"

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