Tila Tequila is begging for a second chance after Channel 5 kicked her off the upcoming season of “Celebrity Big Brother: U.S. vs U.K.” As previously reported, Tequila announced her return to reality TV earlier this month, revealing on Instagram that she would be one of the American contestants on the U.K. show. However, almost three weeks later Channel 5 released a statement saying the former Playboy model was being removed from the show.
Tequila’s prompt exit stems from comments she made in a 2013 blog post supporting Adolf Hitler. In the post, titled “Why I Sympathize With Hitler Part 1: True History Unveiled,” the 33-year-old said Hitler was a “good man” and asked for Jewish people to “forgive and forget.” Channel 5 told E! Online in a statement they were unaware of Tequila’s comments prior to casting her, but decided to fire her after a volunteer-led group called Campaign Against Antisemitism launched a Change.org petition slamming Tequila for her Hitler remarks.
“When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house,” said Channel 5. “The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable, and accordingly, her continued involvement in the program was untenable.”
Tequila, real name Tila Nguyen, took to Facebook on Saturday to apologize for her comments and ask for a second chance to make things right. The former “Shot At Love” star also blamed her remarks on “severe depression,” “drug addiction” and trying to commit suicide. “Back in 2013 I made a statement about Hitler not being a bad person, and immediately realized soon after that I had made a terrible mistake that would ultimately come back to haunt me,” wrote Tequila.
“I wanted to die. I felt worthless, and unloved as that pain continued to grow causing me to further spiral out of control. Losing touch of myself, and reality. It was absolutely the lowest point I had ever reached in my life, and today I am truly sorry to everyone that I may have hurt along my self-destructive path,” she continued. Tequila said she was trying to “be a better person” and was “deeply sorry for my irresponsible, wreckless, and selfish actions.” The former MTV star went on to say that she’s not a “racist nor antisemitic, and absolutely 100% not a Nazi supporter.”
Other U.S. celebs joining “Celebrity Big Brother” are Farrah Abraham, porn star Jenna Jameson, and producer Fatman Scoop. So far, Channel 5 has not announced who will be replacing Tequila on the show.