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Bake Off's Matt Lucas responds to favouritism backlash

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 07/04/2022 Anastasia Koutsounia

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer host, Matt Lucas, has responded to claims of favouritism, following his stint as a contestant during the show's latest episode (April 5).

During the show, Lucas chose to join DJ Annie Mac, comedian Ed Gamble and rapper Example in the tent and try his own hand at making some baking goods, for the first time since joining the programme in 2020.

However, after receiving help from judge Paul Hollywood with his dough and even getting the seldom-earned Hollywood Handshake, he received some backlash for being favoured over other contestants.

Matt Lucas, The Great British Bake Off for SU2C 2022 © Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions - Channel 4 Matt Lucas, The Great British Bake Off for SU2C 2022

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Not one to back away from criticism, Lucas took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the 'nepotism' claims.

"Say what you like," he said. "I don't care. I got a Hollywood Handshake and I won the Technical. Plus I know where they keep the Star Baker aprons so I'm going to take one anyway. Plus I'm an icon and a national treasure."

It had been his first ever try at baking biscuits that earned him the sought-after handshake, which gave him the perfect opportunity to offer his own input on the experience later on.

Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith, The Great British Bake Off New Year special © Channel 4 Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith, The Great British Bake Off New Year special

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"His hands felt a bit coarse, like a builder's," Matt had noted.

The host did great in the first two rounds of the Bake Off, but it was the final round that cost him his Star Baker apron. Instead, the title went to Example and his intricate Australian landscape novelty cake.

In the end, while Matt's ambiguous couch cake, reminiscent of his babysitting days, was nowhere near perfect, he took comfort in the knowledge that he knew where the Star Baker aprons were kept and could "get one anyway".

The Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4 in the UK. In the US, it's known as The Great British Baking Show, and streams on Netflix.

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