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Gay dancer ejected from Big Brother after spitting row

PinkNews Staff Writer June 28, 2008
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Gay dancer Denis McHugh has been removed from the Big Brother house and was questioned by police it has emerged this afternoon.

The 23-year-old contestant was expelled from the reality television programme for “unacceptable behaviour”.

The “as-live” stream of the Big Brother house was suspended on E4 after the contestant spat at Muslim contestant Mohamed Mohamed during a row between five of the housemates.

Channel Four said: “A number of housemates were involved in an argument at approximately 12.45am this morning (27th June), which resulted from a prank played by Rex that ended in a picture painted by Jennifer being slightly defaced.

“During the argument Dennis spat in the face of fellow housemate, Mohamed.”

“All the housemates involved in the argument were sent to separate bedrooms and kept apart for the rest of the night. Dennis and Mohamed were called separately to the diary room in the early hours to discuss the incident.

“After production staff and executives at Channel 4 reviewed the footage this morning, Dennis was called to the diary room a second time at 1:15pm and told he was immediately being removed from the house.

“Following Dennis’s removal, Big Brother continues to call to the diary room a number of other housemates to discuss their involvement in the argument and remind them of the rules governing housemates’ behaviour.”

A Channel 4 spokesperson added: “Spitting in someone’s face is seriously offensive and Mohamed was understandably upset.

“Big Brother has very clear rules about offensive behaviour. Like all housemates Dennis was clearly informed before entering the house that he faced eviction if he acted in an unacceptable manner.

The incident sparked an investigation by the police although he was spoken to under caution, no action will be taken.

This is just the latest controversial incident to hit Big Brother.

Last year the programme was accused of double standards as it took a lighter approach to homophobia than racism.

2007’s Celebrity Big Brother saw a race row between Jade Goody and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, who she nicknamed ‘Shilpa Poppadom.” In June of last year Big Brother contesetant Emily Parr was removed from the programme for calling a black contestant, Charley Uchea, a “nigger.”

All three incidents sparked Ofcom investigations.

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