Celebrity Big Brother under fire for this year's line up of housemates

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Celebrity Big Brother has come under fire for its choice of housemates this summer.

Last week saw Celebrity Big Brother's new 'Eye Of The Storm' themed series begin.

Host Emma Willis introduced us to the brand new cast of celebrity (sort of) contestants.

Channel 5 said of the new twist: "All of the celebrity names entering the house will have been caught up in their own media storm.

"And now, the celebrities are once again putting themselves in the public eye and this time they have a lot to prove."

First in was Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley followed by Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas and headline grabbing footballer Jermaine Pennant.

Next into the house were model Chloe Ayling, 'Human Ken Doll' Rodrigo Alves, The Only Way Is Essex star Dan Osborne and Gabby Allen, a Love Islander from Season 3 in 2017.

Joining the cast next were Comic, Radio and TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli, Married At First Sight star Ben Jardine, Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallet and TV psychic Sally Morgan.

Rounding off the line up were American reality TV personality Natalie Nunn and Rogue trader Nick Leeson.

As the new series gets going, the new theme and selection of housemates hasn't gone down well with some people.

Former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has hit out at Channel 5, accusing it of unfairly 'rewarding' some of the line up with spots on the show.

She highlighted Hardeep's backstory in particular, with his 'media storm' based on allegations of "inappropriate behaviour towards a female colleague."

Nicola accused CBB bosses of "literally PAYING him for having been a sexual predator."

The actress went on to also take aim at Dan Osborne, who is the in the house after allegations regarding his ex-girlfriend.

Nicola added: "And they... have given both him [Hardeep] and Dan Osborne a platform to attempt to redeem themselves in the public eye and kick start their careers."

"We must stop celebrating and rewarding this behaviour." she posted to Twitter with the hashtag '#metoo'. "And before anyone says it's just harmless TV, may I remind you about that reality star creep who managed to cheat his way to being President of the United States."

Nicola concluded: "Last year CBB was "year of the woman". Channel 5 have lost any pro-female status by putting this creeps into the spotlight. #boycottbigbrother.' [sic]"

There was lots of support for Nicola's comments, with one CBB fan replying: "It’s a real shame too because the series in January was really positive."

"Such a weird decision after the last 'Year of The Woman' season...." another agreed.

In a statement released at time of his storm, Hardeep denied claims of sexual harassment but apologised for "overstepping the mark".

He said: "Nobody has accused me of sexual harassment. I recognise I overstepped the mark and have apologised unreservedly.' "

Meanwhile, Dan last night spoke to the housemates about his past.

Discussing leaked tapes of conversations between him and his ex-partner, Dan said: "I said stupid things. I take full responsibility for it. And you learn from your mistakes. I was young and you say things when you're angry."

Dan continued: "Obviously I never meant one word of it and it's horrible, it's embarrassing now even. I hate it. I hate the fact I even done that. If I could turn the clock back I would."

Celebrity Big Brother continues nightly at 9PM on Channel 5.

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