Ofcom ‘assessing’ complaints about Winston McKenzie at Celebrity Big Brother launch

The TV watchdog could investigate Channel 5 after 165 complaints were made about the former UKIP politician's comments about homosexuality

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Celebrity Big Brother caused controversy even sooner than usual on Tuesday night when housemate, and former UKIP candidate, Winston Mckenzie offended viewers with remarks about sharing the house with a gay person.

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“I could cope with a homosexual in the house,” he said in a pre-recorded teaser shown at the Channel 5 show launch. “I guess I’ll just have to stand with my back against a brick wall all the time.”

An Ofcom spokesperson confirmed that 165 complaints have so far been made about Celebrity Big Brother. “We will assess these complaints before deciding whether to investigate or not,” they said in a statement. 

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McKenzie, who is running for London mayor as the English Democrats’ candidate, quit UKIP in 2015, saying that he had been subjected to racism by the party after they didn’t select him as their Mayoral candidate.