CBB star Christopher Biggins apologises for offensive jokes that had him removed from the house: 'I love Jewish people'
Published 07/08/2016 | 11:02
Christopher Biggins has made a public apology for comments he made in the Celebrity Big Brother House in which he reportedly made offensive references to the Holocaust.
The panto star (67) was issued three official warnings before he was removed from the show and Channel 5 later issued a statement that said the actor’s comments were "capable of causing widespread offence".
The comments were made in a conversation with former X Factor contestant Katie Waissel, who was said to be upset after Biggins’ shocking comments.
"You better be careful or they'll be putting you in a shower and taking you to a room," he said, according to reports.
Earlier in the series, the actor shared his views on bisexuals and his comments about Aids upset viewers.
Speaking to The Sun, Biggins apologised to Waissel for the comments and said he was “mortified”.
"I found Katie and said 'I am mortified. I would never do anything to upset you. I love you and I'm really sorry'.
"I am mortified by what's happened, really mortified. Most of my friends, in fact, are Jewish. I apologised to Big Brother and Katie."
He added: "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'm 67 and I love everybody. I live in Hackney and I have a lot of black neighbours who are fantastic.
"It's just not in my vocabulary that word. So to be chastised for those sorts of things is very sad."
Biggins shared his beliefs that bisexual people are “the worst type”, earlier in this series, and a number of complaints were issued to Channel 5.
The star, who is himself openly gay, said, "The worst type though is, I'm afraid to say, the bisexuals... what it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay."
Prior to his comments, the star was among the favourites to win Celebrity Big Brother, as he previously was crowned the winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2007.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Biggins’ agent Jonathan Shalit OBE said: “I have been close friends and worked with Biggins for many years and can confirm that he would never intentionally cause offence.
“If something was said in jest which caused offence then I am certain that was not his intention. Biggins is a much loved and wonderful man.”