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'Celebrity Big Brother': Ofcom Complaints Received Over Scenes Showing Angie Bowie's Reaction To David Bowie's Death

12/01/2016 13:41 GMT | Updated 12/01/2016 13:59 GMT

Celebrity Big Brother’ could be facing an Ofcom investigation over its decision to show Angie Bowie’s reaction to the news her ex-husband David Bowie had died.

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The media regulator has received complaints from viewers who slammed Channel 5 for airing emotional scenes which saw Angie in tears the Diary Room, after being told off-camera about his death.

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Angie Bowie was shocked by the news of David's death

According to Ofcom (via The Mirror), viewers complained that the footage shown on last night’s (11 January) show was "insensitive" and "in bad taste".

A spokesperson told them: “We've received 13 complaints about last night’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ on Channel 5.

“We will assess these complaints before deciding whether to investigate or not.”

Producers were forced to clear up confusion of how they informed Angie of David’s death, following an online backlash from fans after the show aired.

They insisted that she was told away from the cameras in the house, as they issued a short statement via their Twitter page to address the controversy.

The tweet read: “For those asking – Angie was told the tragic news about David Bowie off camera by her agent, then spoke to BB about it in the Diary Room.”

Fans of the reality show will see the events unfold in full in tonight’s episode, when Angie also makes the decision to stay in the house after learning the news, and Jonathan Cheban also makes a surprise exit.

A ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ spokesperson said that the decision was “entirely her choice” and that she “has been given the option to leave at any time if she changes her mind”.

“Appropriate support will be available to Angie at any time if needed,” they added.

Speaking about David’s death in the Diary Room, Angie broke down in tears, saying: “I haven’t seen him in so many years, I can’t make a big drama out of it… but it just feels like an era has ended with his passing.”

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.

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