After a string of racist incidents on its American sister show, “Big Brother (UK)” has removed one of its contestants due to yet another scandal. Representatives for the British reality show confirmed Monday that contestant Daley Ojuederie was kicked out of the “Big Brother” house after he slapped fellow house guest Hazel O’Sullivan, 24, in live video feeds.
According to the Daily Mail, a representative for the TV show told the publication that, “due to threatening and aggressive behavior towards Hazel O’Sullivan we have taken the decision to remove Daley Ojuederie from the Big Brother House.”
The decision to officially boot the 28-year-old professional boxer came after initial reports that producers had chastised Ojuederie for his behavior. In a graphic video streamed on one of the show’s live feeds, Ojuederie could be seen slapping O’Sullivan’s rear in retaliation for hogging duvet covers they had been snuggling together under.
In the video, O’ Sullivan, who had previously been in bed giggling, bolted up and shouted, “Oh my God! So rude! You can’t slap my a--- like that… Don’t do that again because it hurt!”
Ojuederie in turn responded by repeating his demand that she give him the blankets. When O’Sullivan refused again, he said, “Do you want me to get mad? Remember what I said, when I go mad it's scary.”
Ojuederie’s threat prompted producers to pull him aside into the house’s Diary Room, where they gave him a verbal warning. Ojuederie acted puzzled, saying, “What have I done wrong? All I wanted was my blankets back.”
The altercation took place in the “Big Brother” safe house, after they were voted in by viewers who were allegedly curious to see if the pair’s ongoing flirtations would escalate. In spite of Ojuederie’s relationship with Katie Corriete, who is not on the show, the boxer had appeared to be getting closer to O’Sullivan until the safe house incident.
Corriete, who has reportedly been dating Ojuederie for nine months, recently told Emma Willis of “Big Brother's Bit On The Side” that she was humiliated by his relationship with O’Sullivan. “We were 100 percent together,” she said. “Watching him is horrible, I can’t explain it, it’s confusing. I think that most people who know him are really confused. It makes me feel a bit sick. I feel I don't know that person anymore.”
Ojuederie’s ouster from the show comes just weeks after several contestants on the U.S. version of “Big Brother” were fired from their real world jobs over racist comments they made on the show. GinaMarie Zimmerman, 32, and Aaryn Gries, 22, were both fired for racial slurs they made about fellow houseguests. Zimmerman was caught referring to an Asian-American castmate, Helen Kim, in a conversation with another house guest, in which she said, “Andy was like, 'I'm gonna punch her in the face,' and I was like, 'Maybe that'll make her eyes straight.'"
Gries was also observed on the live feed telling Kim to “shut up and go make some rice” and referring to a black cast member by saying, “Be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that b---ch.” Gries also described a gay contestant as a “queer.”