07/08/2016 10:08 BST | Updated 08/08/2016 10:23 BST

'Christopher Biggins Should Face Police Probe Over Celebrity Big Brother Jewish Joke,' Say Katie Waissel's Family

'Our whole family are absolutely disgusted by Biggins.'

Katie Waissel’s family have called for police to quiz Christopher Biggins over his anti-Semitic joke that saw him removed from the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house. 

The mother of the former ‘X Factor’ star has claimed the words of the entertainer could constitute a hate crime, and should be investigated. 

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Christopher Biggins was removed from the 'CBB' house on Friday

Biggins was thrown off the Channel 5 reality show on Friday (5 August), after it came to light he had made a joke about concentration camps to Katie, who is Jewish. 

He also made a series of controversial remarks about bisexual people, branding them “the worst type” and claiming they were responsible for the spread of AIDs. 

Calling for the police to be involved in the incident, Diana Waissel told The Mirror: “If his comments are as bad as we’re led to believe, they constitute a hate crime – police should be called in to investigate.”

She continued: “Our whole family have a proud Jewish heritage and are absolutely disgusted by Biggins. But he’s not just hurt my daughter. It sounds like he’s said things offensive to most Jews.

“He was a national treasure but now he’s not fit for TV. He should be banned – he’s a liability.”

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Katie Waissel's family have called for police to investigate Biggins' comment

Katie’s mother explained that the star’s great grandparents had survived the Holocaust after they were held in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. 

“What went on there is incomprehensible... For Biggins to insult Jewish people beggars belief,” she said.

Biggins broke his silence following his removal from the ‘CBB’ house in an interview with The Sun, claiming he was “motified” by the incident.

“I am mortified by what’s happened, really mortified,” he said. “Most of my friends, in fact, are Jewish. I apologised to Big Brother and Katie.

“I love Jewish people. Listen, my best friend is Lesley Joseph. You can’t get much more Jewish than that.”

The ‘joke’ was made earlier this week, but producers decided not to air it, with Biggins stating he believes Channel 5 were “trying to protect him” by not including it on the show. 

‘Celebrity Big Brother’ airs nightly on Channel 5.

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