DUMPED KEN SAYS SORRY FOR ‘BANTER’
FORMER Coronation Street star Ken Morley has apologised “unreservedly” after viewers complained about his behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother.
The actor repeatedly clashed with housemates and was evicted from the show for using “unacceptable language” including repeated use of the word “negro”.
He told ITV’s Loose Women he had used “an outdated expression”, but denied he was racist.
He said: “I apologise unreservedly to everyone who watched that programme.
“It was banter in an odd situation, but I understand entirely that I’ve upset a lot of people.”
The star said the show had been “edited” so viewers had not seen everything and defended his housemate, Jeremy Jackson, who was also kicked off the show after former Page Three girl Chloe Goodman, 21, claimed he had drunkenly tried to look at her breasts while the pair were alone in the loo.
Morley said: “He was a very nice person and he did a stupid thing.”
Jackson was given a police caution for common assault after the incident, which was not shown on screen.
Hundreds of viewers have complained to watchdog Ofcom about the pair’s behaviour, with the vast majority upset by Morley.
The show has a history of causing controversy and 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 on the behaviour of its eventual winner, Helen Wood, who was accused of bullying.