GBBO’s Paul Hollwood slammed by viewers after comparing rainbow bagels to NHS

The Great British Bake Off 's Paul Hollywood has sparked outrage after comparing rainbow bagels to the NHS.

The show has been hit with 18 Ofcom complaints after the 54-year-old GBBO baker left some fans frustrated when he said rainbow colours represented the NHS.

Fans took to social media to slam Paul for not mentioning the the rainbow flag's links to gay pride and the LGBTQ+ community.

Ofcom receieved 18 viewers complaints following the baking show on Tuesday, according to MailOnline.

During the episode Paul discusses a pile of rainbow bagels contestants were asked to create.

Presenter Prue Leith asked: "Paul, why rainbow coloured bagels?"

He replied: "I think bagels are a great challenge when you're making bread, you've got to boil them which is unusual and then bake them as well.

"I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS."

Prue then said: "Well it does now."

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Viewers the flocked to social media to tell of their frustration with Paul's claims.

"Making rainbow bagels on #bakeoff and Paul Hollywood reckons they make you think of the NHS. No Hun, those bagels are gay bagel" wrote one fan.

"Watched by millions of people. Paul didn't even a knowledge the significance of the rainbow flag to the gay community, he just said 'it originated in the states," another said.

A third wrote: "When Paul Hollywood said rainbow bagels represent the NHS and not the LGBTQ+ community."

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The rainbow flag is synonymous with pride and related social movements.

It originated in San Francisco and is now used worldwide and reflects the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.

The rainbow symbol has been recently used during lockdown with people sharing images and pictures to show their support for the NHS.

Ofcom declined to comment about the Bake Off comments when contacted by Daily Star Online.

Paul Hollywood's representatives have been contacted for comment.

Last month Bake Off was hit with 181 Ofcom complaints after Matt Lucas' did a Boris Johnson impression.

Ofcom confirmed to the Manchester Evening News that the "vast majority" of the complaints lodged referred to the sketch mocking the PM.

It was recently announced that more than seven million people tuned in to the episode, more than one million than the first episode last year.

The episode took to the air just moments after Boris Johnson addressed the nation, implementing further coronavirus restrictions.

Matt's parody of the Prime Minister saw him delivering a speech in front of a mock Downing Street setting, saying: "Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves."

While hundreds complained about the sketch, others took to social media to praise Matt Lucas.

"Matt Lucas is just what the country has needed to cheer us up," tweeted one fan.

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