Channel 4 bosses have decided to remove housemate Dennis from the Big Brother house after he spat on Mohamed during a row.

In the early hours of this morning a number of housemates were involved in an argument after a prank was played by Rex that ended in a picture painted by Jennifer being slightly damaged.

During the argument Dennis spat on Mohamed's face, at which point producers decided to cut the footage and stop the row.

All the housemates involved in the argument were sent to separate bedrooms and kept apart for the rest of the night. Dennis and Mohamed were called separately to the diary room in the early hours to discuss the incident.

After production staff and executives at Channel 4 reviewed the footage this morning, Dennis was called to the diary room a second time at 13:15 BST and told he was immediately being removed from the house.

"Spitting in someone's face is seriously offensive and Mohamed was understandably upset," a Channel 4 spokesperson said.

"Big Brother has very clear rules about offensive behaviour. Like all housemates Dennis was clearly informed before entering the house that he faced eviction if he acted in an unacceptable manner."

It is the second time during this BB series that a housemate has been thrown out.

Last week Alexandra De-Gale was removed from the house for threatening other housemates with references to her "gangster friends".

Ensuring behaviour of the housemates is acceptable is paramount to Channel 4 bosses after the racism/bullying row erupted over Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty in Celebrity Big Brother last year.

Viewers will be able to see the spitting incident and how it was handled in tonight's highlights show on Channel 4 at 21:00 BST.

Tonight's eviction vote, involving Mohamed and Sylvia, will proceed as planned.

27/06/2008 15:05:55