Jim Davidson is not expected to appear as a contestant in the Celebrity Big Brother house following his arrest over allegations of sexual offences.
The comedian is not included in a list of the featuring celebrities circulated to the media ahead of tonight's series-opening show. The list of names cannot be reported until the show has aired.
Davidson was yesterday questioned by detectives over the allegations, which he denies.
Asked about a report that Jim Davidson has been replaced on Celebrity Big Brother, which is to start this evening, a Channel 5 spokesman said:
"We don't comment on line-up rumours. We never talk about the speculation."
The Daily Star Sunday TV reporter Edward Gleave has tweeted that Jim Davidson has been replaced in tonight's Celebrity Big Brother:
Just interviewed the celeb replacing Jim Davidson in #cbb and think they could be a potential winner. Really nice and razor sharp wit
– Metropolitan Police statement
On 2 January 2013 officers working on Operation Yewtree arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offences.
A 53-year-old man ('Yewtree 9') was arrested at approx. 08.00hrs at an address in Hampshire and taken into custody locally.
A 59-year-old man ('Yewtree 10') was arrested at approx. 12.00hrs
(midday) in west London and taken into custody at a London police station.
Both individuals fall under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'.
This evening (2 January 2013) both men were bailed to return to the respective police stations in March 2013, pending further inquiries.
Jim Davidson was reportedly arrested at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK to appear as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.
Channel 5 would not comment on his inclusion in the show, which returns to screens tomorrow evening. Programme chiefs are now believed to be making last-minute changes to the line-up.
Other figures who are said to be appearing include Frankie Dettori, X Factor star Rylan Clark and the model and actress Paula Hamilton.
Jim Davidson's solicitor Henri Brandman has said that two women have made allegations against his client. He released the following statement:
– Henri Brandman, jim davidson's solicitor
Two women have made allegations in respect ofJim that date back approximately 25 years.
The complainants were then in their mid 20s.
Jim vigorously denies the allegations.
He answered police questions as fully as he was able after this passage of time.
He has not been charged with any offence.
Neither he nor I will be making any further comment.
The comedian Jim Davidson, who was arrested by detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, "vigorously denies" the allegations against him, his solicitor said in a statement today.
ITV News filmed police searching a property in Hampshire that is believed to belong to the comedian Jim Davidson.