David Irv­ing in­vited on to Celebrity Big Brother

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BYLEONSYMONS&MAR­CUSDYSCH

TVPRODUCTION­com­pa­nyEn­de­mol, which makes the re­al­ity show Celebrity Big Brother, was con­demned this week for invit­ing Holo­caust-de­nier David Irv­ing to take part in the next se­ries.

Mr Irv­ing states on his web­site that he re­ceived a “top se­cret pro­vi­sional in­vi­ta­tion” in Septem­ber ask­ing him to take part in se­ries planned to start on Jan­uary 2. He was told last Fri­day that he had not made the fi­nal se­lec­tion.

He met pro­duc­ers for 90 min­utes at a Kens­ing­ton ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 7 and wrote on his web­site: “They seem very keen, pleased that I am so up front, open and un­in­hib­ited. Comes eas­ily to me.”

He also notes that his teenage daugh­ter ad­vised him against ac­cept­ing, but he told her he was en­cour­aged by the fact that “fi­nan­cially [the pro­gramme mak­ers] have made a killing”.

He said he was an­noyed at the deci- sion not to take him, say­ing “the fee would­have­been­nice”won­der­ing“who had put the ‘no’ stamp on it”.

Stephen Smith, di­rec­tor of the Beth Shalom Holo­caust Cen­tre in Not­ting­ham, said: “Broad­cast is fast be­com­ing a spec­ta­cle of ou­tra­geous views that can bring harm to oth­ers. If the mak­ers of Celebrity Big Brother even con­sid­ered David Irv­ing for their next broad­cast, it de­mands a full ex­pla­na­tion.

“It is just as well they thought twice. David Irv­ing has con­vic­tions for Holo­caust de­nial in Aus­tria and is well known to be an apol­o­gist for the Nazi regime. He has no place on prime-time tele­vi­sion.”

ABig Brother spokesper­son said Irv­ing had not been “se­ri­ously con­sid­ered” as a con­tes­tant.

David Irv­ing did not re­turn the JC’s re­quest for com­ment.

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