Former UKIP politician Winston McKenzie has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house – following a string of homophobic comments.
McKenzie, who until last year was a regional leader and Parliamentary candidate for the UK Indepndence Party, this week entered the Channel 5 reality show.
He has already attracted controversy over a string of homophobic comments in the house, claiming: “I could cope with a homosexual in the house. I guess I’ll just have to stand with my back against a brick wall all the time.”
Bowie ranted to fellow housemate David Gest: “I didn’t do 45 years of fighting for gay rights for f**king nothing. I’m not tolerating that crap.
“If he comes within 10 feet of me, it’s over. [I’m] an absolute prat for having trusted him, for having said nice things about him.”
“Suck my big one. And when you’re done with that, do it again. On your f**king knees. Piece of crap.”
Following the comments, viewers opted to vote to evict McKenzie from the show, choosing to save and Kristina Rihanoff in a public vote. Fellow housemates near-unanimously decided to save Nancy Dell’Olio over McKenzie, with many citing his views.
McKenzie was booed by the audience as he left the house.
His exit from the house comes not a moment too soon – given hundreds of complaints were lodged over his appearance on the show.
In complaints seen by PinkNews, a number of viewers question the decision to put McKenzie in the house despite having already made homophobic comments in a pre-recorded interview. Others insist that the decision amounts to a failure to safeguard the other housemates.
McKenzie was also allowed by producers to wear the badge of the far-right English Democrats party on his way into the house.
Broadcast watchdog Ofcom says it is currently evaluating the complaints.
McKenzie is currently a member of the far-right English Democrats party. A party leader has defended McKenzie – by claiming that Muslim CBB housemates would murder gay people.
The UK Independence Party previously claimed to have “sacked” McKenzie after he insisted that same-sex adoption is child abuse – but despite this supposed “sacking” the party went on to quietly select him to run for Parliament again last year.
Senior members of UKIP insist they are now “glad to be rid” of McKenzie.