Chorley actor Ken Morley has apologised “unreservedly” after viewers complained about his behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother.
The former Coronation Street star repeatedly clashed with his housemates and was removed from the show yesterday for using “unacceptable language” including repeated use of the word “negro”.
He told ITV’s Loose Women he had used “an outdated expression”, but denied he was racist.
He said: “I apologise unreservedly to everybody who watched that programme.”
Ken, 71, who lives in Whittle-le-Woods, told the show: “It was banter in an odd situation, but I understand entirely I’ve upset a lot of people.”
The star said the show had been “edited” so viewers had not seen everything and defended his housemate, Jeremy Jackson, who was also kicked off the show after former page three model Chloe Goodman claimed he drunkenly tried to look at her breasts while the pair were alone in the toilet.
Ken said: “He was a very nice person and he did a stupid thing.”
Jackson was given a police caution for common assault after the incident which was not shown on screen.
Hundreds of viewers complained to watchdog Ofcom about the pair’s behaviour, with the vast majority upset by Ken.
The show has a history of causing controversy and last year’s series was the second most complained-about show of the year, with 1,874 people contacting the watchdog about it.