David Gest leaves Celebrity Big Brother house “due to medical reasons”

The American producer and reality TV star has departed the house after feeling unwell for a number of days

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David Gest has left the Celebrity Big Brother house. 

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The American producer, who also appeared on the 2006 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, has left the reality TV show after 12 days on medical grounds. 

“Due to medical reasons, David Gest has decided to leave the Celebrity Big Brother House,” confirmed a Channel 5 spokesperson this morning.

Gest has been exempt from tasks over the last few days and noticeably absent from much of the show’s footage. Fans had even speculated that he was being allowed to leave the house, but a spokesperson insisted, “David has been unwell and given time to rest and recuperate in Big Brother’s spare bedroom within the house.” 

He was the centre of much drama last week when Tiffany Pollard misheard Angie Bowie’s news about the passing of her ex-husband David Bowie, and told fellow housemates that Gest had died. 

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David Gest’s departure will feature in tonight’s Celebrity Big Brother at 9pm on Channel 5.