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Morley 'removed' from CBB house

Former Coronation Street star Ken Morley has "been removed" from the Big Brother house for using "unacceptable language".

Hundreds of people complained about the actor who was previously given a formal warning by show bosses for using "unacceptable language" after he called US singer Alexander O'Neal a "negro".

A Channel 5 spokesman said: "Ken Morley has been removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house for using unacceptable and offensive language following his formal warning. Tuesday's eviction is now cancelled and lines are now closed. Anyone who has already voted will be able to apply for a full refund and details will be available on the Big Brother website within 24 hours."

The actor is the second contestant to be removed from the house less than a week after the controversial series began.

Former Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson, 34, was kicked off the Channel 5 show after former Page 3 girl Chloe Goodman, 21, claimed he drunkenly tried to look at her breasts while the pair were alone in the toilet.

The alleged incident, which was not shown on camera, came after Goodman went to Jackson's assistance as he vomited after drinking rum and vodka.

Hertfordshire Police, the force covering Borehamwood where the show is filmed, confirmed they are working with its producers to probe what happened.

Earlier today, communications watchdog Ofcom said 233 people complained about the actor after his run-in with O'Neal.

Ofcom also received two complaints about offensive language used by Katie Hopkins and another four about Jackson.

The complaints about the latest series, which began last Wednesday, are being assessed by Ofcom.

Last year's series was the second most complained-about show of the year with 1,874 people contacting the watchdog about it.

The only programme with a worse record was the main Big Brother series which received 3,784 complaints, many of them centred on the behaviour of its eventual winner, Helen Wood, who was accused of bullying other contestants.

Ofcom found that the show breached the broadcasting code last year after it showed a pre-watershed scene where housemates swore 14 times within 50 seconds.

Veteran actor Morley is best known for his years playing Bettabuys supermarket boss Reg Holdsworth on Coronation Street.

He also had a recurring role in sitcom 'Allo 'Allo and more recently took another comic role in ITV's Benidorm. Other appearances have included stints as a contestant in Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity MasterChef.

Before he went into the house, he said he was "not interested in winning" the show but said he was looking forward to winding up the crowd and getting a hostile reaction: "I'll encourage it. I'll set it to music. Let the bile flow and get it out of your systems. Booing is good."

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