Paul Hollywood apologises to GBBO fans over that 'insensitive' diabetes joke

Paul Hollywood has apologised to The Great British Bake Off fans after he made an ‘insensitive’ joke about diabetes.

The TV chef upset some viewers after suggesting that one contestant’s Chelsea Buns looked like ‘diabetes on a plate’.

And while some people took the 53-year-old’s comment as a bit of fun, others were quick to voice that the remark was both ‘stupid’ and ‘uneducated’.

One appalled fan wrote on social media: ‘Anyone else shocked at Paul Hollywood’s “diabetes on a plate” comment when discussing a dessert on tonight’s episode of GBBO?

‘I feel like this kind of stuff just reinforces uneducated and frankly stupid ideas and questions about diabetes, for example, “did you get it cos you eat too much cake?” and my personal favourite, “if you ate this Mars bar, would you die?”‘

Another raged: ‘It’s like a dad joke but way off base. He’s only making himself look stupid. No one else.’

One viewer was so angered by the gag that they said it was ‘irresponsible’.

The tweeted: ‘It is very irresponsible and untrue to say it of anyone, whatever their type of diabetes.’

Soon after the influx of messages and tweets, Paul took to Instagram to issue an apology to anyone he offended.

He wrote: ‘A sweet treat, Chelsea buns … a remark re:- diabetes I made on tonight’s show was thoughtless and I meant no harm, as both my grandad and my own mother suffer/ suffered from diabetes … apologies X.’

Despite the backlash, some stood up for the baker.

One wrote: ‘We love you, Paul, the way you are. You shouldn’t apologise.’

Another added: ‘You meant no harm and that is all that matters and you apologized.’

Last night’s Bake Off saw Steph Blackwell, David Atherton and Alice Fevronia confirmed as this year’s finalists after Rosie Brandreth-Poynter was sent home for her disappointing break.

The Great British Bake Off final airs Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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