BAKE Off's Paul Hollywood has admitted he was 'p***ed off' by this year's bakers - for a surprising reason.
The 55-year-old judge will be back in the famous white tent this week for a new series of the hit Channel 4 show.
Twelve new bakers will arrive in a bid to be crowned Star Baker and win the show, with Paul and fellow judge Prue Leith tasting their efforts.
While Paul is glad to be back, there was one thing that really annoyed him about this year's show.
Speaking to lovesunday magazine, Paul said: "I put on 12 pounds in that
"Prue put on a pound! A pound during Bake Off? That’s ridiculous.”
Paul was particularly annoyed about the weight gain as he had lost a stone and a half by following a new fitness regime ahead of the series starting filming.
He continued: "All I wanted to do was go home to try and lose the weight again! I am p****d off this year for the first time about it, because I was doing really well.
"Lockdown was doing me good, not bad. But my exercise regime changed when I was in Bake Off because I wasn’t allowed to leave the bubble to cycle."
The whole Bake Off team 'bubbled' together in a hotel in Hertfordshire to make sure the series was filmed without any Covid-related hitches, but it played havoc with Paul's new routine.
He said: "I used to do 10 miles at a time, so that was a problem. And then on our rest days I was locked in my room writing a book.
"I was getting back into old habits, so I sort of expected it. Now I’m back on it again – I’ve lost a good couple of pounds this week."
The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday, September 21 at 8pm on Channel 4.
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