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Paul Hollywood 'absolutely devastated' after a photograph emerges of him in Nazi uniform

The Great British Bake Off star issued a statement this afternoon.

GREAT BRITISH BAKE Off judge, Paul Hollywood, has said he is “absolutely devastated” after a photograph emerged showing him dressed in a Nazi uniform.

The photo, published in The Sun newspaper this weekend, shows Hollywood wearing the grey suit, emblazoned with a red swastika armband, an Iron Cross and a badge featuring a white Nazi eagle.

Hollywood said the photograph was taken in 2003 when he was on his way to a themed party. He said he had dressed as a character from TV comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo.

The TV star released a statement this afternoon on Twitter:

He said: “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone, the picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a comedy TV shows-themed New Year’s Eve party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo.

“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.”

The Great British Bake Off Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. Daniel Leal-Olivas / Press Association Daniel Leal-Olivas / Press Association / Press Association

The BBC reports that during an episode of the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2015, Hollywood learned about the experiences of his grandfather, Norman Harman, during World War 2, when he served as an anti-aircraft gunner.

Hollywood is currently taking part in the new series of the Great British Bake Off which has moved to Channel 4.

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