Big Brother UK: Housemate mistakenly believes David Gest is dead
Bizarre scenes when a UK BB housemate misunderstands Angie Bowie's news that "David is dead."
Reverberations from the death of David Bowie have had an unusual impact on the Celebrity Big Brother UK house, where ex-wife Angie Bowie was given the news off-camera.
Amongst the strangest reactions was an awkward case of mistaken identity, when Angie Bowie told housemate Tiffany Pollard “David is dead.”
Pollard -assuming she meant fellow housemate David Gest- began to shriek, triggering a household drama to bizarre for words.
But Channel 5 has also come in for criticism after airing footage of a tearful Angie Bowie in the Diary Room.
“I haven’t seen him in so many years I can’t make a big drama about it … but I feel an era has ended, it’s so very sad … The Stardust is gone,” she said, before burying her face in her hands.
Viewers have complained to regulator Ofcom about an apparent invasion of privacy.
But while Bowie was given the news privately, the show can’t be expected to edit out her behaviour entirely, given she opted to stay in the house.
Angie Bowie’s manager Ray Santilli said the house was her ‘sanctuary.’
“She had plenty of time to consider her position,” he told local radio. “She made the decision to go back in the house, she made the decision to be interviewed afterwards.
“Obviously when Big Brother was talking to her and asking questions, it is emotional. The whole Big Brother experience is emotional and she knew that before she went in to the house.
“We took her off-camera and explained the situation. She had plenty of time. She’s a very intelligent, very measured woman and it was emotional.
“Channel 5 have been magnificent. They’ve left it entirely up to her to make the decision. She had no pressure. She’s an intelligent woman and she knows what she’s doing.”