More than 250 people have complained to media regulator Ofcom about Ken Morley
Former Coronation Street star Ken Morley has apologised “unreservedly” after being accused of racism on Celebrity Big Brother.
The actor was thrown off the show for using “unacceptable language” including repeated use of the word “negro”.
Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, the 71-year-old, who played Reg Holdsworth on the soap, said he had used “an outdated expression”, but denied he was racist.
“I apologise unreservedly to everybody who watched that programme,” he said.
“I apologise if I disappointed you by saying what I said.
“It was banter in an odd situation, but I understand entirely I’ve upset a lot of people from everywhere in the world… I am not a racist. Never have been.”
Morley used the term in a conversation with singer and fellow contestant Alexander O’Neal and later in an anecdote about former boxer Frank Bruno.
Jeremy Jackson was also thrown out after being accused of groping Chloe Goodman
More than 250 people have complained to media regulator Ofcom about the former soap star, who also angered viewers with his comments about his female housemates.
On Monday, 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.”
Morley was the second contestant to be ejected by producers.
Former Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson was kicked off the show on Sunday, after former page three girl Chloe Goodman claimed he had drunkenly tried to look at her breasts by opening her dressing gown while the pair were alone in the toilet.
Jackson was later given a police caution for common assault.
The actor claimed the incident arose because he was …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment