One of the judges of the international hit reality show ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has apologized after an old photo was published in a British newspaper of him wearing a Nazi costume.
The British newspaper The Sun published on Sunday a photo of Paul Hollywood, who has worked as a judge on the cooking show since it premiered in 2010, wearing a World War II-era German military outfit, including a swastika armband.
#GBBOf’s Paul Hollywood stunned pub drinkers after turning up dressed in full Nazi officer uniformhttps://t.co/sJr27CcI5X pic.twitter.com/MsCaOKQvdZ— The Sun (@TheSun) September 10, 2017
Hollywood released a statement saying, “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offense to anyone.”
He claimed that the photo was taken at a TV show-themed party in 2003, and that he was dressed as a character from the 1980s BBC comedy ”Allo ‘Allo!’ which was set in German-occupied France.
“Everyone who knows me knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war,” Hollywood also said.