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CBB's James Jordan accused of homophobia by viewers after blazing row with Austin Armacost

2017-01-12
A second homophobia row has engulfed Celebrity Big Brother in less than a week after viewers accused former Strictly dancer James Jordan of making an anti-gay remark during an argument with fellow housemate Austin Armacost. Viewers have already seen the pair involved in several fiery exchanges on the latest series of Channel 5 reality show, which kicked off last week, but scenes broadcast during last night's episode showed the pair engaged in their most furious bust-up yet. It all began after Armacost encouraged fellow housemate Nicola McLean to put water in James's bed, before lightly kicking the former Strictly dancer as he inspected his sheets. An angered Jordan told the former star of The A-List: New York: "Don't start because you don't want me to hurt you. If you want to start playing with the rough boys you're going to get hurt. "You're used to playing with little soft boys. Don't play with real boys." Armacost quickly hit back: "Yeah, because the dancer's the rough boy!" Related: Austin Armacost shows off new leg tattoos on Instagram, ends up revealing much more (NSFW) Viewers were quick to pick up on Jordan's remark, branding it homophobic and calling for the 38-year-old to be evicted from the house over his behaviour. Many viewers disagreed that the comment was homophobic, however, with one viewer arguing that the dancer "would've said the same words to anyone". Jordan has been criticised in the past for his vocal opposition to allowing same-sex couples to compete on Strictly, on which he appeared for eight series between 2006 and 2013. During his first appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, he told housemates that he did not "agree" with men dancing men. "Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you can’t dance with a woman," he said at the time. The reality star had previously told The Sun: "I have nothing against same-sex couples, if they want to go and do their own competitions.But ballroom and Latin dancing is about a man dancing with a woman – that’s fact." He added: "The world is going crazy with this gender stuff at the moment." The latest controversy comes less than a week after Celebrity Big Brother housemate Stacy Francis sparked controversy for referring to Armacost as "the gay boy" as she questioned why straight housemate Ray J wanted to share a bed with him. Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5. More stories: First look at Russell Tovey and Andrew Garfield in ‘Angels in America’ From the archive: George Michael’s candid interview with Attitude (Part 2)