Celebrity Big Brother axe is "sickening" says former housemate Jonathan Cheban

Celebrity Big Brother

Former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Jonathan Cheban has branded the show's axe "sickening".

The American reality star took part in the show in 2016 alongside the likes of Megan McKenna, Stephanie Davis, Danniella Westbrook, and the winner Scotty T.

He also struck up a relationship with Gemma Collins, with the pair still best pals.

And although Jonathan ended up walking off the show, he says he's still a big fan and was left shocked by his axe.

Jonathan told DigitalSpy: "It doesn't matter [that I walked out], I thought Celebrity Big Brother was amazing and I'm a huge fan of the show.

"I'm devastated [it's been axed]. The fact I was in the UK and I couldn't watch it... This is usually when it's on. I run home every night to watch it. The fact that it’s not on is sickening to me. I can't believe they would cancel Big Brother! It's like an institution!"

Jonathan went on to suggest that bosses should revamp the show "in a cool way."

He added: "I hope another network will pick it up. I used to watch it on my computer. I don't even turn a computer on all year unless it's to watch Celebrity Big Brother!"

Meanwhile, Jonathan has branded Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner a "jerk" after appearing on the ITV series to support pal Gemma.

One of twelve contestants on the new series, Gemma's opening performance to Crazy In Love by Beyoncé & Jayz-Z last weekend scored a total of 16 points, but Jason awarded just 2.5 marks.

Jonathan told the Daily Mirror: "I thought Gemma was amazing. I think she stole the show, obviously, any friend of mine would steal the show. That's how it is.

"I think [Jason]'s a jerk. I think he was a jerk to all of them but I guess that's his job, I think it's what he gets off on to talk to people like that."

Dancing On Ice 2019 continues at 6PM on ITV.

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