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Following complaints, the Great British Bake Off scraps national-themed weeks.

The show will include a Japan week in 2020, a German week in 2021, and a backlash following the Mexican week last year.

“We didn’t want to offend anyone,” executive producer Kieran Smith told the Guardian. “But the world has changed, and the joke fell flat.”

“We’re not doing any national themes this year.”

The 13th season of The Great British Bake Off will premiere on Channel 4 later this month.

Alison Hammond takes over as host alongside Noel Fielding, and Dame Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood return as judges.

Smith stated that the show will be “very traditional” this time. “We’re doing all of the regular weeks: cakes, biscuits, bread, patisserie, chocolate, plus party cakes is a new theme.”

Reactions to Mexican Week

Because the hosts wore sombreros, played maracas, and spoke in Spanish accents during Mexican week, there were accusations of casual racism and stereotyping. There were also allegations that it served non-authentic food.

After the show aired, Hollywood stated that he was “gutted” by the response.

“I’d literally just returned from Mexico about three weeks before we shot the episode,” he explained.

“I was all over the place, and we devised the challenges based on what I saw.” The tasks were excellent, and everyone performed admirably.”

Dame Prue stated that they had no intention of being controversial, and added, “The thing about Bake Off is that it absolutely represents inclusivity, diversity, tolerance, and togetherness.”

“So the notion that we set out to insult anyone is ridiculous.”


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