Samantha Fox 'nearly blinded' by Bear in scenes cut from CBB
Celebrity Big Brother viewers have questioned why the show chose not to air scenes in which Samantha Fox was "nearly blinded" in a prank by Stephen Bear.
Fox was evicted from the house on Tuesday alongside Katie Waissel and said she was relieved to leave the house after an incident in which Bear had played a "magic trick" on her in which he sprayed water in her eye and dislodged her contact lens.
The former page three girl told host Emma Willis: "He really hurt my eye and I couldn't open it for about four hours. I had to see a medic and the membrane has been ... yeah, it was horrible."
She said she was forced to wear an eye-patch for "half a day".
Fox then asked Willis if viewers had been shown him "nearly blinding me", to which the presenter replied, "It hasn't been out yet."
"It happened yesterday," Fox said.
"Then no, we haven't seen that," replied Willis.
Fans on Twitter asked whether it had not been shown to protect Bear, who is a favourite to win the show and is currently on his final warning.
Stuart Osmond tweeted, "So there you go. Bear hits Sam in the eye, so she had to see a medic, yet we didn't see that tonight. Proof it's fixed for Bear to win."
Another asked: "Why has big brother not shown #cbb the eye incident though? Why are they protecting @stephen_bear hhhmm keeping him in ey #ratingsMaybe?"
A third Twitter user wrote: "So what else haven't they been showing beside Bear really hurting @SamFoxCom eye? Obviously quite a lot! I wonder why ...
Others asked why it had not been enough to get him removed from the show.
Corey Seville asked: "Any reason why the Sam/Bear eye incident wasn't shown? Did he get a warning? Why wasn't he thrown out?"
@LadyBfothergill added: "Bear hurting Sam's eye, wouldn't that constitute a 3rd and final warning? Better not show it otherwise they'd have remove him #CBB #Fix."
A Channel 5 spokeswoman confirmed that the medics were called but said the footage was not aired on Tuesday as it was a shorter show due to the double eviction.
She added there were no plans to air the footage.