Christopher Biggins pulls out of This Morning appearance after Holocaust 'joke'
Christopher Biggins has pulled out of a live appearance and said he was taking time to be with loved ones after being removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house for making a Holocaust "joke" aimed at a Jewish housemate.
The pantomime star, 67, had been due to appear on ITV's This Morning after he was given the boot from the Channel 5 reality show on Friday following three warnings from Big Brother for his remarks on bisexuality and for a comment about gas chambers made to X Factor reject Katie Waissel, who is Jewish.
His appearance on the talk show was heavily promoted, with the programme tweeting: "After being sensationally removed from the Big Brother house, Biggins is here tomorrow with his side of the story."
Shortly before the broadcast, This Morning's official Twitter account said: " Unfortunately, @onebiggins can no longer join us in the studio, but he has given us a special message which we will read out on todays show."
The message, read by presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, said: "Once again I wanted to say how very sorry and shocked I am about what's happened.
"I've been so moved by some of the amazing, kind support I've been getting since being removed from the Big Brother house. Thank you.
"For now I'm taking some time to be with loved ones, I hope you all understand. Love Biggins."
The TV star has already announced he will continue with a pre-planned trip in October to the Polish city of Krakow and visit the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp, where more than a million people, mainly Jews, were killed by the Nazis.
While in the house, Biggins had said: " You better be careful or they'll be putting you in a sho wer and taking you to a room," as housemates queued for the bathroom.
He later apologised to Waissel and Big Brother for the "trite, ridiculous remark", which was not broadcast but which he discussed in an interview in The Sun.
Biggins had also received a warning on Friday after he made controversial statements on bisexuality and Aids during a conversation with Aubrey O'Day and Renee Graziano.
He claimed HIV had been spread by bisexuals who had sex with infected people abroad "and brought it back to their own families in America, and that's how it became a worldwide disease".
Biggins also claimed bisexuals were "people not wanting to admit they are gay".
He later tweeted how grateful he was for the support of his fans, saying: "Nearly 13,000 new followers on Twitter since I went into #CBB and 'came out'. A big thank you to all my supporters!"
The reality show veteran added: "I am so excited to be bidding on some abandoned storage units in Dave's new Celebrity Storage Hunters series this Autumn. Boom Boom."
:: Celebrity Big Brother is on Channel 5 at 9pm.