Christopher Biggins removed from Celebrity Big Brother for comments ‘causing great offence’
Christopher Biggins has been removed from Celebrity Big Brother for making comments capable of “causing great offence”.
The actor’s specific comments were not detailed by producers who just said he had been removed, and that the Channel 5 reality show “does not tolerate offensive language”.
The 67-year-old had been the bookmakers’ favourite to win, despite earlier controversy this week when he said bisexual people were “the worst type”, suggesting that they just don’t want “to admit they are gay.”
Presenter Emma Willis referred briefly to Biggins’ removal, but gave no further details.
A statement published on the CBB website reads that producers had “taken the decision to remove Christopher Biggins”.
“Since entering Big Brother, he has made a number of comments capable of causing great offence to housemates and the viewing public,” it said.
“Big Brother does not tolerate offensive language capable of causing widespread offence.”
It is unclear whether the comments about bisexuals were included in the reason he was removed.
The Mirror claims that Biggins made a joke about concentration camps, which is the reason he has been removed.
Two others in the house have received formal warnings for their behaviour this week.
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This is not the first time Biggins has been criticised for his views on the LGBT community.
The entertainer – who has been in a civil partnership with Neil Sinclair since 2006 – opposed the introduction of equal marriage, claiming in 2012: “I’m very anti-marriages, because I think that is for heterosexual couples. We can’t get rid of everything”.
He re-stated his opposition to same-sex marriage last year, claiming it’s “a step too far”.
Singer and former glamour model Samantha Fox opened up about her same-sex relationship with her late manager Myra Stratton during her time in the house.