Ofcom investigating Celeb BB Biggins bisexuality comments

Regulator reviewing controversial remarks - but can't probe Katie Waissel jibe
- Posted on September 26 2016 at 09:15pm

Christopher Biggins removed from Celebrity Big Brother summer 2016

Ofcom has launched an investigation in to Celebrity Big Brother summer 2016 ejectee Christopher Biggins’s controversial remarks about bisexuality.

During the Channel 5 show in August, Biggins received a number of warnings for use of potentially offensive language, before he was eventually removed.

In a conversation with Renee Graziano, he said: “The worst type, I’m afraid to say, are the bisexuals. What it is, is people not wanting to admit they’re gay.”

Several days later, the pair had a chat about AIDS, in which Biggins said: “I think it was a bisexual disease if I’m gonna be honest. There were a lot of bisexuals who went to those countries and had sex with those people and then brought it back to their own families. That’s how it became such a worldwide disease.”

Today, Ofcom confirmed it has begun reviewing these incidents. A spokesperson said: “We’re investigating whether a contestant’s comments about bisexual people were offensive and breached generally accepted standards.”

However, the media regulator is unable to probe Biggins’ jibe about Katie Waissel’s Jewish faith – which producers referred to when ejecting him from the house – as it was not broadcast on the show.

In an interview with The Sun after his departure, the 67-year-old confirmed he had made a Nazi-related remark to Katie, saying: “You better be careful or they’ll be putting you in a shower and taking you to a room.”

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