This morning, as Mary announced she is quitting Bake Off when it leaves the BBC, Paul also confirmed that he WILL return to the show's famous tent at its new home.
As that didn't make him unpopular enough, with many fans branding him a "traitor", he was also criticised for only acknowledging presenters Mel and Sue - who have also left - in his original statement.
"I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding," he commented.
In an attempt at damage control following the PR disaster, Paul has since issued a second statement, saying: "When I spoke about my news earlier on, I did not know what Mary was saying about her decision, and more importantly had not been able to speak to her.
"Let there be no doubt: I have loved every minute of my time working with Mary. I have learned so much from her and we are great friends inside and outside the tent. That will not change. Knowing her as well as I do, I am sure she has made the right decision for her. I will miss her."
Meanwhile, Bake Off maker Love Productions has said its piece, claiming the show will still be made with the "same recipe" on C4 - even though it has lost three key ingredients in Mary, Mel and Sue.
"Paul’s presence will ensure the culture of Bake Off continues in the tent as it makes its move to Channel 4," said its creative director Richard McKerrow.
"We want to reiterate to Bake Off fans, that the show they love will remain wholly familiar, and that Channel 4 is a great place to make our show. Bake Off will be produced by the same team, in the same tent, with the same recipe."
The production firm also issued a separate response to Mary's decision to quit. "We respect Mary’s decision not to join the next chapter of the Bake Off story," it said in a statement.
"We are immensely grateful to her for all her work and for her recognition today that Love Productions had made a ‘unique and brilliant format from day one’ with Bake Off. The whole family, crew and team that made Bake Off for the BBC, and who will now make it just as brilliantly for C4, will miss her."