Lewis Flanagan has been REMOVED from the Big Brother 2018 house for ‘unacceptable language’.
Channel 5 has announced that Lewis – who had been favourite to win – was given the boot just over a week before the final.
He left the house with “immediate effect”, producers said.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Big Brother commented: “Lewis has been removed from the Big Brother House for unacceptable language that contravenes the rules. Lewis has left the House with immediate effect. #BBUK”
An official spokesperson for the show also confirmed the news with the same statement issued to press.
Precisely what Lewis said and the entire circumstances that led up to his removal have yet to be aired.
However, a message from his Twitter account being run by family and friends claim it involved a “conversation with Brooke and Cameron.”
“It was nothing to do with racism before you all start,” they added without revealing any more details.
In scenes shown in the eviction show, Lewis told Big Brother: “I’m devastated, I never planned to offend anyone. It’s just a slip of the tongue. My misuse of certain words or phrases has exploded in my face.
“I apologise to anyone who I upset. I never meant to upset anyone… obviously I’m going to pay the price.”
Lewis’ exit came ahead of Friday’s latest eviction, where Tomasz Wania got the boot against Akeem Griffiths, Cian Carrigan.
The departures leave a total of six housemates going into the last full week: Akeem and Cian remain in the house together with Zoe Jones, Cameron Cole, Brooke Berry and Sîan Hamshaw.
The Big Brother 2018 final will take place a week from Monday on November 5.
Lewis’ removal from the house is sure to shake up the entire series – as of last night, he was the hot favourite to win the show.
Aoife Heffron, spokesperson for bookmakers BoyleSports commented at the time: “The Big Brother final is in sight, but any threat to the title for Lewis has been washed away after he moved into even money favouritism on Monday following a burst of fresh support.
“Akeem began to close in on Lewis last week, but his recent move has put him in an almost unreachable position at the head of the betting.”
Lewis is the second housemate to be removed from this year’s series, following Ellis Hillon who got the boot just days into the season over ‘offensive tweets’ made before entering.
Big Brother will return to TV on Sunday night at 10:30PM with an extended 90 minute episode.