Helen Lederer says she's NOT entering Celebrity Big Brother

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer has ruled out entering this summer's Celebrity Big Brother.

15 celebrities made their debut for the latest run on Thursday night's launch, including Christopher Biggins, Saira Khan, Frankie Grande, Ricky Norwood, Renee Graziano and Marnie Simpson.

They were joined by James Whale, Aubrey O’Day, Stephen Bear, Katie Waissel, Lewis Bloor, Grant Bovey, Chloe Khan, Heavy D and Samantha Fox.

All had been on the leaked line up together with Helen, who did not enter.

So did she get cold feet? Well, not at all.

Chatting to the Evening Standard on launch night, the Absolutely Fabulous star quipped: “I’ve been waiting for hours and no-one called me,” saying she had never even had meetings over joining the series.

Helen joked: "I figured it was all a big surprise — in a way I am disappointed.”

She went on to suggest the reason why she found herself on the rumoured line up, which was otherwise spot on, was down to a simple mix up

"I think they thought they saw me going into the hotel which the producers put the contestants in," she explained. "But it wasn't me, it was Sam Fox. We do look similar from behind, you know."

While Helen has been ruled out of the show there are the potential for a few more names in the house with three spaces still empty on the living area's housemate wall.

But for now, Celebrity Big Brother continues nightly on Channel 5 with its current crop of celebs.

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