After being removed from the Celebrity Big Brother house on Friday (5 August), British entertainer Christopher Biggins has apologised for his continuous use of offensive language in the house. On Thursday, during a conversation with Mob Wives star Renee Graziano, Biggins said he believed bisexuals should take their share of the blame for spreading HIV.
"Renee [Graziano] said she knew a CIA man who told her that the American government had come up with the virus in order to get rid of people in third world countries. I had also heard the rumour," he told The Sun. "Then I said to her that there were a lot of bisexuals who went to these countries and had sex, and then took it back to their wives or lovers and gave them the virus. That's what I've read and that's what I believe."
During his time in the Big Brother house, his first warning came on Monday (1 August) when he made comments about the Holocaust to Katie Waissel, which were not aired by producers. When speaking to The Sun, the actor explained that he begged his housemate Waissel for forgiveness.
He said: "I found Katie and said 'I am mortified. I would never do anything to upset you. I love you and I'm really sorry.'"
He continued: "I love Jewish people. Listen, my best friend is Lesley Joseph. You can't get much more Jewish than that."
The 67-year-old was pulled into the Diary Room for a second time on Friday, when he then told Graziano in a separate conversation: "I think the worst type is the bisexuals… not wanting to admit they are gay."
The Panto actor was then called to the Diary Room again and a producer highlighted his previous disparaging comments about the bisexual community, as well as offensive remarks about the Jewish community made in front of Waissel before being removed from the house.
Biggins told the Sun: "I have a lot of bisexual friends and I'm not in any way a bigoted person."
One of Britain's best-loved TV personalities, Biggins is a reality TV stalwart, having won the 2007 series of I'm A Celebrity. He was a favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother.