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BBC Tyson Fury gay row reporter Andy West in Big Brother house

By Allan Preston

Published 08/06/2016

Andy West enters the Big Brother House during the latest series of the Channel 5 programme at Elstree Studios. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Andy West enters the Big Brother House during the latest series of the Channel 5 programme at Elstree Studios. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Andy West. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Outspoken former BBC reporter Andy West hit the headlines once again as he was revealed as a contestant on this year's Big Brother last night.

The gay 34-year-old left BBC Northern Ireland in controversy last year after objecting to boxer Tyson Fury's inclusion on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards shortlist.

The heavyweight boxing champion caused outrage after making controversial comments about homosexuality, women and abortion.

Moments before entering the Big Brother house, the reality TV show's presenter, Emma Willis, asked the clearly excited Mr West: "You're a serious journalist, aren't you? So why (have you chosen) Big Brother?"

On stage in front of hundreds of screaming fans, he replied: "Well, I stopped being a journalist a short while ago in kind of weird circumstances, so I thought that this was a chance to show that journalists also have personalities and that they're nice people."

The former reporter, who has recently been acting as an activist for the Northern Ireland Stronger in Europe Campaign, said that he wanted to make "good headlines" on the reality TV show. "I won't be making naughty ones - I've got a boyfriend, so no naughty ones," he added.

Mr West will be competing for a £100,000 grand prize against 18 other contestants.

This year the housemates will be divided into two houses.

The show will involve contestants in what producers called "the other house" conspiring to take down the housemates in the main house, with those contestants unaware "of the dark and ominous force that is only metres away".

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