Homophobic comedian Jim Davidson, who recently suggested gay entertainers are more likely to be sexual abusers, has been signed up for Celebrity Big Brother.

It’s an interesting decision by bosses on the Channel 5 show, because in 2007 Davidson insulted the show’s gay current host, Bryan Dowling, by calling him a “shirt lifter” and a “fucking disgrace” when they were both contestants on ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Dowling, who rose to fame after winning the non-celebrity version of Big Brother in 2001, broke down in tears due to Davidson’s comments.

Davidson, best known for hosting the Generation Game and the BBC’s snooker show Big Break, subsequently walked out of Hell’s Kitchen.

He hit the headlines in October when commenting on the Jimmy Saville abuse scandal.

The 59-year-old wrote on his blog of the disgraced entertainer: “A bloke who’s a loner dresses and acts like a nonce and thinks he is the most important person in the world.

“Hmmm. I knew… and didn’t do anything. Mind you I had no proof. To me he was just another pervert”.

Davidson then added: “There are lots of them in showbiz. There seems to be more gay ones than straight, but that’s because there are probably more gays in showbiz than most professions.”

Celebrity Big Brother begins on 3 January.