DUMPED KEN SAYS SORRY FOR ‘BAN­TER’

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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.

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