Larger than life TV personality Christopher Biggins was kicked off Celebrity Big Brother after producers said that comments he had made could cause offense to the viewing public and housemates – but what did he actually say?
He told Dan Wootton, the Sun’s Entertainment editor,
“I found Katie and said ‘I am mortified. I would never do anything to upset you. I love you and I’m really sorry’.”
Although Big Brother producers decided against broadcasting some of Mr. Biggin’s comments, during his exit interview with Big Brother,
Big Brother said,
“On Monday you in a conversation with Katie, where she remarked that she was not in the house to represent the Jewish community, your comment was plainly capable of causing offense to Katie and the viewing public. Big Brother spoke to you about your language, when big brother pointed out to you that your language was capable of great offense you apologized and said that you understood the seriousness of the situation, but you’ve continued to use unacceptable language.
“In a conversation with Renee, you said, ‘I think the worst type, though, I’m afraid to say it, is the bisexuals’. You went on to say, ‘what it is, is, people not wanting to admit they’re gay.’
“Today in a conversation with Renee and others you again used unacceptable language regarding bisexuality. Talking about AIDS, you said, ‘I think it was a bisexual disease.’ You then went on to say, ‘there were a lot of bisexuals who went to those countries, had sex with those people and then brought it back to their own families in America, so that’s how it became such a worldwide disease.'”
Fall from grace
Speaking to The Sun after his removal Biggins said,
“I am mortified by what’s happened, really mortified. Most of my friends, in fact, are Jewish. I apologised to Big Brother and Katie.
“I love Jewish people. Listen, my best friend is Lesley Joseph. You can’t get much more Jewish than that.
“I have a lot of bisexual friends and I’m not in any way a bigoted person.
“I think Channel 5 were trying to protect me by not screening it.
“I think it’s unfortunate that someone has decided to leak the story. Then they had to do something.
“I was called into the diary room so I went along in a shirt and underwear. They said they’d warned me twice now and I’d broken the rules so they were going to evict me.