Big Brother narrator Marcus Bentley has insisted that Celebrity Big Brother 2011 won't be staged when it starts on Channel 5 tomorrow. The Geordie voiceover made the comments following concern from viewers over the lack of live feed on the show, axed by bosses to focus more on social media.
Taking to Twitter to rubbish the rumours, Marcus said: "Whoever started this "Scripted Reality" nonsense regarding Big Brother is a Gobs***e!"
He added: "The producers are always going to hope that certain people act in a particular way but they can only hope!"
But Big Brother executive producer Gavin Henderson did say that the show needed to "note" trends in 'scripted reality' shows such as The Only Way Is Essex.
“Big Brother does what it does extremely well but it isn’t a TOWIE or a Made In Chelsea,” he told Broadcast yesterday. “But the humour, the awareness of the manipulation that the viewers have of those shows, as well as their use of music are things we need to note.”
Meanwhile viewers of the show are up in arms about the axe of live feed from the new series of the show, with many fans saying they simply won't tune in.
In a statement released last night, Channel 5 confirmed: "Following speculation surrounding the live feed, we can confirm there will not be a 24 hour live feed from the house available online or on-air."
They added: "This year we have decided to focus on the nightly highlights show and on directly engaging with the show’s viewers through social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and specially created iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
“The aim is to reflect the habits of our audience today and we believe that prioritising social media is the way to get people involved in the show.”