The producers of Celebrity Big Brother 2013 have admitted that Rylan Clark’s X Factor rehearsals were approved as part of his contract.
Last night’s edition of spin-off show Bit On The Side addressed the news that the 23-year-old had been allowed out of the house, revealing that the 23-year-old had been allowed out for a ‘couple of hours’ on a Friday and a Sunday.
A statement from ‘Channel 5 execs’ read: “It was agreed before Rylan entered the Big Brother house that he would be allowed to rehearse for his tour twice on-site with a choreographer.
“This was agreed on the strict understanding that he was not allowed to discuss events in the Big Brother House with anyone during such rehearsal periods. Rylan was escorted by a senior Big Brother producer at all times during rehearsals to ensure full compliance.”
Presenters Jamie East and Emma Willis proceeded to further defend Rylan’s exits, which contravene one of the most fundamental Big Brother rules stating that contestants should be locked up 24 hours a day with no contact to the outside world.
East reasoned: “I don’t want people to think that we don’t read your comments or take them seriously. We do, and we understand your frustrations with this.
“But the X Factor tour starts on Saturday. If Rylan were to stay in until finale he would have had no rehearsal time. He’s due on stage 12, 13, 14 hours after the finale finishes.”
Willis added: “If you want people like that in the house to bring a good show then there has to be some kind of compromise and if a few hours of rehearsal time is what it is then that’s sometimes what you have to do.”
Fans have reacted furiously to the revelations, accusing bosses of misleading viewers.
It is the first time in Big Brother UK’s twelve-year history that a housemate is known to have been allowed out of the house to complete work obligations.
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