Andrew Tate removed from Big Brother house
Andrew Tate has been removed from the 'Big Brother' house, a spokesperson has confirmed.
The shock announcement comes after it emerged last week that the contestant posted a series of racist and homophobic messages on Twitter before entering the show.
In a brief statement, a spokesperson for the programme told MailOnline: "Due to information Channel 5 and 'Big Brother' became aware of today, Andrew Tate has been removed from the 'Big Brother' house."
Andrew is alleged to have previously made derogatory remarks online about Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and her ex-husband Ashley Cole, as well as the rapper Drake.
But the four-time world champion kickboxer has denied that was the reason for his early exit.
In a Facebook video, he said: "I'm no longer in the Big Brother house, I'm afraid. I had a new plan that I wanted to do which was much better than calling them all snakes.
"I had an amazing master plan and the producers of the show were worried that if i did such an amazing plan and got caught that it was going to kick off in a big way."
In a later statement, 'Big Brother' bosses denied both of those theories, although they declined the chance to elaborate on the decision.
A statement read: "Channel 5 and Big Brother have become aware that Andrew Tate has posted a statement on Facebook about the circumstances of his departure from the Big Brother House. What Andrew says in that statement is completely false.
"Andrew was not removed because of his actions inside the House. Nor was he removed for tweets allegedly posted by him prior to his entering the House.
"Andrew was removed because of information which came to light today."
Andrew's early exit is the latest in an increasingly-long list of issues that have marred the current series.
On Sunday (12.06.16), for instance, son of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and club hostess Laura Carter indulged in some passionate kissing and later, appeared to make love in the bedroom, which led to complaints from viewers.
Ofcom, the regulatory body, received as many as 252 comments over the weekend from viewers who felt things had gone too far.