Hollywood came through for Lively big time. First, he replied to her post. “Nice work x,” he congratulated the actress, garnering nearly 5,000 likes. Then, Hollywood took things a step further, reposting Lively’s cake video on his own feed with a handshake emoji. “Consider it done … see you in the tent x #getbaking #gbbo #lockdownbaking,” he wrote.
A handshake from Hollywood used to be gold. But an extensive, 2018 BuzzFeed investigation undertaken by Robin Edds suggests that the celebrity baker has since lowered his standards significantly. As per Edds, a “Hollywood handshake” used to be as “rare as a solar eclipse.” Season one through five of The Great British Baking Show all featured two or fewer Hollywood handshakes. Things started going downhill from there. By season eight, Hollywood had given out a total of seven. One eager BuzzFeed follower did the math. If Hollywood continued down the path he was going, by season 38, he’d be giving out 830 handshakes per season (via Twitter).
So there you have it. Hollywood gave Lively a handshake for her spectacularly pink, ornately flowered, golden-eared unicorn cake. And while a Hollywood handshake may no longer be as rare as a solar eclipse, Lively was satisfied with it, nonetheless. At the time of this writing, she’s busy celebrating on her Instagram stories.