Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively have a binge-watch show: The Great British Bake-Off

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Before I get to this puff piece about Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, it’s worth noting that they were recently in the news for a weird and bad reason. The Knot and Pinterest took the extraordinary step of banning all photos from weddings which take place on former plantations. Blake and Ryan got married on a plantation, and so a lot of sites lead with “The Knot and Pinterest banned photos of Blake and Ryan’s wedding!” First of all, Blake did give photos of the wedding to Martha Stewart Weddings, but they didn’t show a lot of it. Second, I grew up in the South and it’s really difficult to find any historical property or site in the South which does not have some dark backstory involving slavery, the Confederate Army or the Civil War. I understand why The Knot and Pinterest did what they did and it was a good call. But I also think that some (white) people don’t even know that their wedding venue was the site of some awful atrocity. Then again, Blake did write that “allure of antebellum” thing, so maybe she knew it was awful and that’s why she chose it.

Now, on to the fluff! Ryan Reynolds is promoting his Michael Bay-Netflix movie 6 Underground and he was asked what he and Blake binge-watch. His answer surprised me:

Ever wondered what Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively like to bing together on Netflix? The answer might surprise you. Speaking with PEOPLE at the Tuesday premiere of his new Netflix movie 6 Underground, directed by Transformers’ Michael Bay, Reynolds revealed they most enjoy watching the cooking reality show, The Great British Bake Off.

“You weren’t expecting that, were you?” the Deadpool star joked. “We live in a world that’s pretty divisive right now and there’s a lot going on. And I like that show just because it’s a nice thing to watch at night. Everybody on the show is nice to each other, which I find refreshing. It’s sort of sweet. It’s not really about anything that’s going to remind you of chaos.”

[From People]

GBBO is on-brand for Blake but not on-brand for Ryan. But I can see how he would have gotten drawn into it – GBBO is so soothing and restful and peaceful. CB and I talked about that on episode 31 of the Gossip with Celebitchy podcast – GBBO is set in a lovely tent on peaceful English property, surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery. All of the contestants have soft British accents and they care so much about baking cakes and sometimes someone cries while they’re watching their muffins rise. I could see Ryan watching it to humor Blake and then getting really involved with who *should* win and whose cake looks half-baked.

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively at arrivals...

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  1. Lady D says:

    It’s one of my favourite shows, despite Paul Hollywood. There’s something about Paul that reminds me of Piers Morgan.

    • Snowslow says:

      Me too! Hollywood is so sleazy and you literally see the horrid popping up and being drowned in the sweatness of everybody else.

    • LadyMTL says:

      His name alone makes me roll my eyes so hard, lol. I still watch because I love seeing all of the amazing things that the bakers can do. As someone who loves baking but isn’t very good at it, it’s like I’m living vicariously through them.

      • JDAY says:

        @LadyMTL In his defense it *is* his actual, real name. But yeah, same. “Paul Hollywood” sounds like a generic term to slag off pop stars from Los Angeles.

  2. Snowslow says:

    EVERYONE loves that show. It’s the great recreational drug of the masses. Absolutely on brand for everybody.

    • stormsmama says:

      lol well said

    • Mgsota says:

      I love it and binge watch…my daughters started getting in to it too. They make so many different types of things. I feel like American baking shows are cakes, cupcakes or cookies. That’s it.
      We’ve noticed, like Ryan, how the contestants are so nice and supportive of each other. It’s so nice to see…and of course the accents are dreamy.

    • stepup says:

      Yup. My husband and I used to binge it every season. But this season, since Netflix dolled it out one episode at a time, we had to wait till Fridays.

      We love it, and my husband, who is NOT a reality show guy, gets SO into it!

    • horseandhound says:

      love it. there is something sweet, honest, endearing about the people that compete there. and the stuff they make are so beautiful.

  3. Lala11_7 says:

    The only thing good about this Bay movie for me thus far is that it reminds me of my intense love for the “Sneaker Pimps”…

    So…there’s that…

    And MY GAWD…Blake can wear the HELL OUTTA HER CLOTHES!!! Seriously…her wardrobe is one that I truly covet

  4. Snazzy says:

    I love that show so much! Even if the side show antics are stupid and Hollywood is creepy AF, it’s still a soothing show to watch.

  5. stormsmama says:

    Blakes outfit in that bottom picture: very mermaid meets the big city
    I love it

  6. Darla says:

    It’s interesting that Ryan and Blake seem to have one of the few real marriages in hollywood. I would not have predicted that.

    • Alyse says:

      Yeah I find them very happy and genuine, hope they stay strong and last :) (or at least last 20 years, the Hollywood version of forever lol)

  7. Tiffany says:

    There is just something about him and to some extent Lively that just has me on guard. I just don’t buy what they are selling.

    • Lee says:

      Same for me actually.

    • Silas says:

      Yup. The marriage to Scarlett and the age difference for both of his wives. He’s like Tom Cruise without Scientology and with a sense of humor. And both Ryan and Blake seem very controlled and calculating.

      But I liked when he showed up to support Blake’s friendship with Taylor. Good husband.

  8. Kimberly says:

    I binge Masterchef Australia…SO much better than US masterchef…over 70 eps….takes them 3 months/5 eps a week to air and I crunch it out in 2 weeks…just need a VPN to watch online…effing love that show!!

    I love the LoVE the contestants have for each other and how caring the judges are…the food is super better quality than anything on american MC or CanadianMc..

    • Sarah says:

      I discovered that show three years ago and I absolutely love it! So much better than our one in the UK. It’s fantastic. I even used it to illustrate a point in a coaching session I was doing recently (about falling apart under pressure).

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Yeah ignorance is no excuse in 2019. And considering how many white people TOUR plantations and keave bad reviews for said tours on Yelp whenever slavery is mentioned I think the majority know full well where they are getting married and CHOOSE to willfully ignore it.

    Having said all that, I LOVE the GBBO. It’s one of my favorite shows. And one of my favorite things about it is how nice and supportive all of the contestants are with one another. It IS refreshing and nice to see.

  10. Derriere says:

    Plantations are often beautiful venues. I could never bring myself to host an event let alone my wedding at one.

  11. MellyMel says:

    Yep, southerner here. Plantations and homes connected to slavery or the civil war are everywhere in my area. Most are museums or have been converted to businesses (especially law and doctor offices) which I have no issue with. I would never want to get married there though, but I know plenty of people who have because they are beautiful venues…when you don’t think about the history.

  12. What. . .now? says:

    Who doesn’t love GBBO? I got my husband to watch it, and now he’ll binge with me, too. I love baking competition shows! Now, when we watch, my husband will says stuff like, “Oh that’s not gonna turn out. The pastry is much too thick.” or “Why not use almond paste instead of fondant? Everyone hates how fondant tastes!” Haha!

    It’s fun, and everyone is so nice on GBBO. I do miss Mary Barry and Sue and Mel, though. The estates where they set up the tents? So, beautiful with the rolling green grass, the little lambs and ducks — it’s so idyllic!!

    • Lady D says:

      The Great American Bake-off started last night, and they are using the same tent and grounds as the British version.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      I miss Sue, Mel, and Mary, too. Mary was always honest and clear, but somehow her critiques came out in a very kind way. Pru is blunt and borderline hurtful, sometimes. As Paul is already the Cowell-esque “mean judge,” it’s too much. Also, I like Noel, but Sandy’s just sort of there with a very occasional sly remark. Sue and Mel were legitimately witty and fun. That said, still love this show and will watch it as long as it’s on.

  13. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I know nothing about Blake and haven’t seen any of her movies, so I am neutral about her regarding talent and personality. BUT, she always holds her head at a weird angle, and it gives me vertigo just looking at her. Is this some kind of medical thing, is she incapable of holding her head straight?

    • sue denim says:

      she may have just figured this gives her good angles for cameras, but as someone w neck issues, I’ve learned that I often tilted my head without realizing it! Crazy, like I feel like I’m tilting it the other way just to keep my “head on straight” but it really helps on so many levels to do so. I’d been to so many PTs and this has been a weirdly important suggestion…

  14. Jay says:

    God, they are insufferable

  15. Mrs. Peel says:

    Considering how everything that is said publicly is under the microscope, I think Ryan went with the safest choice out there. For all we know, they watch violent R-rated stuff but god forbid anyone is allowed to admit it these days.

  16. Mo says:

    I like GBBO, but didn’t care for the last season. I’m enjoy baking and am good at it. I’ve even had technical challenges be things I’ve made before! But this most recent season had so much stuff that was too fussy and fancy to ever want to make at home. Also, the fondant on the cakes really turned me off. I understand why pro bakers do it. It photographs well and means that the cake will stay fresh longer. However, it is a specialized skill and takes artistic talent beyond decorating. It just isn’t a home baker thing and tastes horrible!

    • Dazed and confused says:

      Same! I feel they went with style over substance. The bakers lacked pretty basic knowledge, especially considering this was season 10. I was always surprised at who was eliminated which doesn’t happen with the other seasons. I rewatch those all the time. Won’t be watching the latest season again.

  17. JanetFerber says:

    I’m not a fan of Blake and Ryan. They seem like an upscale version of Spencer Pratt and his other half (forgot her name). All about the camera (especially when they’re not acting). Shrewd couple, shaky acting skills. I kinda hate that about Hollywood.

    • Lee says:

      He plays the same character, aka Deadpool, in every movie he’s in and she’s just a fashionista housewife at this point. I don’t get the hype about them as a couple and whenever I read those ‘relationship goals’ tags about them I roll my eyes.

  18. Laura-j says:

    Highly recommend Making it with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman…. same sort of lovely niceness. It’s on Hulu.

    • Dazed and confused says:

      It’s so fun. The contestants are really talented. Nick Offerman and Amy Pohler are excellent as well.

  19. Nicegirl says:

    I love GBBO. Also miss Mel & Sue, am weirded out by Paul Hollyweird but will keep watching

  20. Amide says:

    ❤❤ Blake in a Simple Favour. Great movie.