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Ken Morley has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house – following a joke about boxer Frank Bruno.
Former Coronation Street star Ken, 71, who had received numerous complaints from members of the public, had already been warned by Big Brother about his racist language and his inappropriate comments to women in the house.
Ken had called Cami Li ‘half-Hindu princess, half-slut’, and had commented on the women’s ‘arses’.
He had used the words ‘negro’ and ‘pickaninny’ to singer Alexander O’Neale, which Alexander explained were not acceptable terms. This conversation saw 233 complaints lodged with Ofcom against Ken from viewers unhappy at his language. Two more complaints had been lodged against Katie Hopkins, with four lodged against Jeremy Jackson.
Later, in a joke to Keith Chegwin, Ken said he had an adjoining dressing room to Frank Bruno. When Bruno would play his music too loud, Ken said he would adopt a posh accent and say, ‘Hello, Lord Fauntleroy here – turn down your n***o rhythms.’
Ken had been told previously that if he used this inappropriate language again, he would be ejected from the house.
Jeremy Jackson, 34, of Baywatch fame, had been expelled from the Big Brother house after allegedly pulling open Chloe Goodman’s dressing gown to expose her breast. Jeremy claimed he had misread the signs and was drunk, before crying in the Diary Room.
Viewers had contacted the police over fears for housemates’ safety, with Perez Hilton also claiming he did not feel safe in the house with Jeremy.
Jeremy has since accepted a police caution in regards to the incident.
With two housemates already gone, Big Brother producers have cancelled tonight’s planned eviction.
A Channel 5 spokesperson said, ‘Ken Morley has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house for using unacceptable and offensive language following his formal warning.
‘Tuesday’s eviction is now cancelled and lines are now closed.
‘Anyone who has already voted will be able to apply for a full refund and details will be available on the Big Brother website within 24 hours.’