Just days before the British television series is set to begin, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ has cut model Jasmine Lennard after controversial tweets she made back in 2015 were discovered.
Lennard, who had agreed to a near-six-figure salary for her participation on the reality show, tweeted, ‘All muslims may not be terrorists but all terrorists are muslim and that’s just a fact! #sorrynotsorry’
Another post of Ms. Lennard’s regarded Caitlyn Jenner’s gender reassignment journey.
Lennard wrote: “Call me old fashioned, call me ignorant whatever you like you know i’m an honest person and i really can’t pretend that i think that’s ok on any level.”
Channel 5 executives said that once they discovered the “Islamaphobic” and “transphobic” comments made by Lennard on her social media account, they were forced to withdraw the offer that was made to her.
A source close the reality show said, “Big Brother bosses were desperate to sign Jasmine and spent months courting her and upped their initial financial offer significantly. It seems crazy that they would have invested that much effort if they were not aware she had sparked Twitter controversies over the last few years.”
According to the source, the show is now in a legal battle with Lennard who “feels they are using the remarks as a scapegoat for another reason and that they should honor their agreement and pay the money.”
This isn’t the first time ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ has had to address controversial remarks made by participants. Last year, they were forced to remove Christopher Biggins for making an anti-Semitic slur toward Jewish singer Katie Waissel.
However, celebrities such as Katie Hopkins and Spencer Pratt have made equally controversial comments but were allowed to remain in the show’s cast.
Lennard is said to have been replaced by model Jasmine Waltz, which has led some fans to share their disapproval.
“Ugh but Jasmine Lennard is actually exciting. I can’t even remember Waltz tbh,” one person wrote.
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