Former Great American Baking Show host Anthony “Spice” Adams is spilling all the tea about British baker Paul Hollywood, but it was done in good fun.
Adams, who co-hosted the American adaptation of the Great British Baking Show for three seasons, recalled an afternoon spent at Paul Hollywood’s home where the two got into an intense game of ping-pong.
“He’s very down-to-earth. He’s a terrible ping pong player,” Adams told Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
“He had a [ping pong table] at his house and I was like, ‘Let’s play.’ So, we started playing. At first, you start feeling people out to see if they’re pretty good or whatever. And he saw that I was good, and he started to lose,” Adams shared, adding that Paul wasn’t a fan of losing.
But, Hollywood isn’t one to give up, according to his former cast mate who said that the baker “just wouldn’t stop playing.”
“We really were only supposed to play one or two, you know. So he’s one of those types where it’s like, alright, I guess I had to let him win one. He just wouldn’t stop playing. It’s like, man, I just beat you four times. You wanna keep playing?”
Spice Adams added, “He’s competitive, but he’s not very good at table tennis. I think I beat him probably out in five games we played, I beat him four.”
In Paul Hollywood’s defense, Spice Adams is a professional athlete. Adams is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the San Fransisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. His athleticism was surely no match for Hollywood, but we’re betting on Paul if he were to take Adams on in a bread baking competition.
The jabs at Hollywood were just good-natured ribbing from Adams who says the two are still friends.
“He’s a great guy,” he said. “I’d be over to his house and we laugh and joke and he’d make some bread. And, you know, he’s a great guy. I love Paul Hollywood. I texted him the other day.”
We’d love to see a Spice Adams vs. Paul Hollywood ping-pong rematch, but it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon. Adams won’t be returning as host for the new season of The Great American Baking Show that is currently filming in the UK. He and his former co-host Emma Bunton (of Spice Girls fame) have been replaced by actors Ellie Kemper and Zach Kemper.