Jim Davidson, who was reportedly booked to appear for Channel 5’s brand new series of Big Brother has been axed from the show.
Comedian Jim Davidson, who is known to have made homophobic comments in the past will not be appearing in this year’s Celebrity Big Brother which started last night on Channel 5.
Mr. Davidson was detained by police who are investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal that has rocked the entertainment industry. Mr. Davidson has since been released and the 59 year old “vigorously denies” the claims against him.
Davidson was one of two men who were arrested on suspicion of sexual offences in relation to the police’s ‘Operation Yewtree’. Both men fall under the strand of the investigation termed ‘others’ and the Met police said the allegations are not links to Jimmy Savile.
Davidson who had been hotly anticipated to star in Channel 5’s reality show was not announced as a contestant on yesterday’s launch show. It seems that he had been axed leaving only 11 celebrities in the house.
Technically there are currently 12 people in the house, but Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have entered the house as one housemate.
X Factor star Rylan Clark was one of the first housemates to enter the house.
Pinknews reports that: In 2007, Davidson insulted the show’s gay current host, Bryan Dowling, by calling him a “shirt lifter” and a “f**king disgrace” when they were both contestants on ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Taking to his blog Davidson became involved in another row in October when he wrote of Jimmy Savile:
“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.”