'The Great British Bake Off' fans distracted by WEIRD Paul Hollywood moment last night

The Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
The Great British Bake Off fans were shocked by Paul's appearance last night. (Image credit: C4)

Last night's episode of The Great British Bake Off has left fans completely baffled after the comedy opening sequence saw Paul Hollywood as viewers have never seen him before. 

Ever since The Great British Bake Off started, the show has featured a comedy opening scene as the presenters introduce the episode. However, since the show moved from BBC1 to Channel 4, current presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas have stepped it up a gear, doing hilarious sketches that often feature judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. 

This week's Bake Off was 'Free From' week, meaning the bakers were set the challenge of creating amazing bakes that were dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan. But being a traditional baker, Paul is known for sticking to what he knows, meaning the bakers had to really pull it out of the bag in order to impress him. 

Paul Hollywood dressed as The Hulk in The Great British Bake Off

Fans were shocked to see Paul dressed as the Incredible Hulk. (Image credit: Channel 4)

The opening sequence of the show last night saw Noel and Matt making a joke out of the fact Paul doesn't usually enjoy 'free from' baking and showed him dressed up as the Incredible Hulk, complete with green body paint and a ripped t-shirt.

Paul Hollywood dressed as The Hulk in The Great British Bake Off

Paul had been painted from head to toe in green paint for 'free from' week.  (Image credit: Channel 4)

The joke was that Matt had told Paul it was free from week off-camera, and that he had taken the news surprisingly well. But, as Matt and Noel were talking, a growling Paul could be heard in the tent, and he soon appeared in his Hulk get-up, shocking fans.

Viewers took to social media to share their surprise at seeing Paul in his most bizarre costume yet... and that is saying something after we saw him just a few weeks back dressed head-to-toe as a country singer!

After getting over the shock of seeing Hulk Paul, fans were sad to see it was Lizzie who left the competition after finding herself in the bottom two alongside Crystelle. 

The pair were struggling after Giuseppe and Jurgen both continued to wow the judges with their baking, while Chigs had a brilliantly successful week and managed to earn himself the title of star baker. 

Lizzie The Great British Bake Off

Lizzie was sent home this week, leaving Jurgen, Giuseppe and Crystelle heading to the semi-finals.  (Image credit: Channel 4)

Poor Lizzie was sad to be booted out of the competition in the quarterfinals but left on a high after creating a showstopper that had the 'finesse' that Paul and Prue have been looking for since the start of the series.

Next week will see Crystelle, Chigs, Jurgen, and Giuseppe all fighting it out for a place in the final... but who will make it through to the final three?

The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday Nov. 16 at 8pm on Channel 4.  

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.