Celebrity Big Brotherhas been keeping secrets from us, it seems.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the drama that goes down on-screen is nothing compared to the action behind-the-scenes. Yep, there are actually moments so eyebrow-raising that even Channel 5 bosses think it would be unwise to air them.
Here, we take a look at some of the secret Celebrity Big Brother scenes producers made sure never saw the light of day.
1. Rylan Clark-Neal’s secret day out (2013)
When discussing life in the house during an interview on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth let slip that housemates were never allowed to know the time. However, This Morning‘s Rylan Clark-Neal managed to break the rules when he was secretly allowed out for X Factor.
“And then Rylan went out to do X Factor rehearsals for the tour he’s doing and when he came back, obviously he wasn’t allowed to talk to anybody, but when he came back he just asked somebody the time very quickly,” she said.
Channel 5 refused to comment on how many times Rylan was allowed to leave the house – however, him doing so was a clear violation of the show’s rules, which state that housemates must live in isolation from the outside world.
2. Christopher Biggins’ Nazi comments (2016)
Christopher Biggins was removed from the CBB house after making a sick joke to Jewish housemate Katie Waissel about the use of gas chambers in Nazi Germany.
Channel 5 opted not to repeat the offensive words on TV but released a statement instead explaining the comedian would no longer appear on the show.
After Biggins left the house, he apologised to the public and visited the Auschwitz State museum – on the site of the infamous concentration camp – to pay his respects.
3. Stephen Bear kicking Frankie Grande in the balls (2016)
Stephen Bear may have won CBB, but he wasn’t exactly Mr Popular with his housemates. According to Renee Graziano, the CBB winner was “evil” and in scenes which never aired on TV, he is said to have kicked Frankie Grande in the balls.
“Listen to me, you do not know what he did,” Renee said on Fubar Radio’s Access All Areas (via OK! Online). “I’m telling you. He kicked Frankie in the balls! And then he said he didn’t mean to do it.”
Channel 5 declined to comment on Renee’s claims.
4. Sam Fox is almost left blind (2016)
Samantha Fox claimed she was secretly seen by a medic when one of Bear’s pranks backfired during her time in the house. This didn’t make it to TV…
“I was very, very worried that I was blinded,” she said following her elimination. “He did a magic trick and he made me stare into a water bottle and said, ‘Keep looking, looking, looking, and you’ll see pink’.”
Stephen Bear then allegedly smashed the water bottle with his hands, causing the water to shoot up into her eye. “The water went into me so fast, my contact lens went into the back of my eye and I could not see for four hours,” she added.
Channel 5 declined to comment on Samantha’s claims.
5. The CBBBOTS bust-up (2015)
Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side is live, so producers couldn’t cut this in the editing room. So instead, they pulled the show off air and went to an emergency ad break when a physical fight broke out between Farrah Abraham and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace – with poor Vicki Michelle getting stuck in the middle and needing hospital treatment afterwards.
When the show eventually came back on air, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal apologised and revealed that the entire celebrity panel had left the studio. The matter was then investigated by police.
6. Nicola sees a psychiatrist (2017)
CBB bosses kept this one so hush-hush that we wouldn’t have a clue it even happened if it wasn’t for Nicola McClean’s hubby Tom Williams. After watching his wife flirt with pal Jamie O’Hara, he took to Twitter in her defence, asking cryptically why producers had chosen not to show Nicola chatting with a psychiatrist that she had allegedly been with “all day”.
Although a spokesperson for Celebrity Big Brother declined to comment when Digital Spy reached out for clarification, Rylan’s since confirmed it – and explained why we didn’t see it for good measure.
Speaking on This Morning, the Bit on the Side presenter confirmed that there was “a psych on hand at any time” available for housemates to talk to if they need support. “That is something that we would never, ever, ever show as that is something that is very personal and private,” he explained.
7. Alexander quits – or does he? (2015)
Remember when Alexander O’Neal quit after his huge bust-up with Perez Hilton? Well apparently, all wasn’t what it seemed.
According to the US singer, he was called to the Diary Room and pushed to walk after calling Perez a “f***ot”.
“I never walked out,” he told the Daily Star. “When I had my row with Perez that day, Big Brother called me up to the diary room and said, ‘We think it’s time for you to leave. We don’t want you to stay and shoot yourself in the foot’. So we came to a mutual agreement and they said they would pay my full fee. But they said, ‘We don’t want you to say anything about this to anybody until the series is over.'”
8. The entire house goes on strike (2017)
When Ray J mysteriously disappeared from the house, Big Brother gave us no explanation as to why. But it turns out there was a lot more to this story than meets the eye.
During an interview with TMZ, the US star revealed he had no choice but to leave the house as he had to be taken to hospital due to an infected tooth. Apparently, he had been complaining about the pain for days. According to Ray J, at one point, the other housemates got so annoyed with the way he was being treated that they all went on strike.
“It got to the point where some of the housemates felt like I was being ignored, we took petitions to say, ‘We’re not doing any more tasks until Ray J’s tooth gets fixed’,” he said. However, this was never aired on TV.
When Ray J did finally receive medical treatment, he had hoped to go back into the house but show bosses reportedly said no. “What’s sad is they won’t let me do the show any more. They won’t let me back in the house, it’s not fair to me,” he added.
9. The GC and Danniella take a stroll (2016)
Gemma Collins and Danniella Westbrook didn’t exactly love life inside the Celebrity Big Brother house. In fact, they stormed out after kicking the Diary Room door on more than one occasion. But where did they go?
Unfortunately, the cameras never followed the pair on their travels. We do know that they eventually came back each time, but what went down behind-the-scenes is something we’ll never find out…
Celebrity Big Brother is on Channel 5, daily at 9pm.