Antony Worrall Thompson has criticized The Great British Bake Off‘s decision to cut national weeks from the upcoming season.
Last week, the boss of the cooking show admitted scrapping the themed weeks, introduced last year, was a mistake. They vowed to return to the “traditional” format.
Fans called out a joke during Mexican Week in October for racist stereotypes. Reflecting on it, executive producer Kieran Smith said they “didn’t want to offend anyone” but the joke “fell flat.” So they axed national themes.
But celebrity chef Antony, 72, said it’s “so pathetic that the minority have such loud voices” about the change.
He called the decision “complete nonsense” and said: “I can’t believe the small minority who don’t like these programmes don’t have an on off button on their televisions, and they can’t just turn it off. The majority of people enjoy the programme.”
“It’s a light-hearted show. They like to have a bit of fun,” he added on GB News.
He said chefs always try to improve dishes, asking: “As long as the food tastes good, does it really matter?”
“I’ve got 8,000 cookbooks and I search through these cookbooks for ideas and I nick them, a bit here and there,” he explained.
“But as far as this programme is concerned, it’s so pathetic that the minority have such loud voices.”
Last season had Bake Off’s lowest ratings ever. The showrunner acknowledged the challenges weren’t working.
But Alison Hammond will replace Matt Lucas as co-host this season.
The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 in September.
Source My Celebrity Life.