Friday 15 December 2017

Evander Holyfield knocked out of Celebrity Big Brother... pardon the pun

Evander Holyfield entering the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios
Evander Holyfield entering the Celebrity Big Brother House at Elstree Studios

David Mercer

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield was knocked out of Celebrity Big Brother tonight as he became the first contestant of the series to be evicted from the house.

The US star, who was warned by show bosses earlier this week after claiming being gay "ain't normal", was left in the bottom two with The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman after receiving the fewest votes from the public.

Holyfield, 51, looked dejected as he was chosen to leave by fellow housemates Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor, who spent the previous two days hidden in a secret bolt hole after Big Brother staged a "fake eviction".

The boxer, who famously lost part of his ear after he was bitten by Mike Tyson during a title bout in 1997, was greeted by cheers as he left the house but admitted afterwards he thought he would be more popular with viewers.

He told presenter Emma Willis: "I thought I'd be loved here, I thought I'd get more votes, but I didn't."

Holyfield, who was handcuffed to Zissman, 26, when they entered the house, claimed the entrepreneur changed once their handcuffs were removed.

"As soon as the handcuffs were over, she went her own way and she was a lot different," he said.

Mail On Sunday columnist Liz Jones, comedian Jim Davidson and US actress Jasmine Waltz also avoided eviction tonight after they were were saved by the public.

Blue singer Ryan and glamour model Batchelor have now returned to the house after their stint in the bolt hole.

Earlier on the show Holyfield had told housemates that he was once punched a horse.

The American prompted outrage from Zissman and former Marie Claire editor Jones who said: "If you punched my horse I'd stab you."

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