A female contestant on British reality show Big Brother has been dramatically evicted from the house for using a racially offensive word.
Emily Parr, 19, was removed from the London compound in the early hours of this morning (07Jun07) when she was heard asking a housemate "Are you pushing it out you n**ger?" while dancing together in the living room last night (06Jun07).
Parr immediately explained the comment had been intended as a joke, but she was summoned to explain her actions again in the Diary Room and later kicked out of the compound.
Angela Jain, who heads the Big Brother commissioning team at network Channel 4, says, "I think people watching the show tonight will agree that Emily spoke carelessly rather than maliciously - certainly Charley and Nicky, the two housemates most directly involved in the conversation with her, seem to accept that she did. She understands why her involvement in Big Brother has had to come an end and she very much regrets what she said.
"In the wake of Celebrity Big Brother we must consider the potential offence to viewers regardless of Emily's intentions and her housemates' response. The word n**ger is clearly racially offensive and there was no justification for its use. We have removed Emily from the house to once again make it clear to all housemates and the viewers at home that such behaviour won't be tolerated."
The show sparked controversy worldwide earlier this year (07) when Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was racially bullied by three of her housemates in a celebrity version of the programme. The race row forced producers to issue an apology at the start of this series last week (30May07).