Celebrity Big Brother faces backlash over Tiffany Pollard's David Bowie death mix-up

Celebrity Big Brother is facing a growing backlash over the misunderstandings surrounding the death of David Bowie.

Millions of viewers saw a furious row erupt between Angie Bowie and Tiffany Pollard when she attempted to tell the US reality TV star about her former husband David's death from cancer.

"You gotta do me a favour, you can't say a word - David's dead," Bowie told Pollard.

But Pollard misunderstood and believed fellow housemate David Gest had died - sparking hysterical scenes.

Pollard quickly informed other housemates that "David is dead", leading many to go and check on Gest, who was asleep in bed.

Realising Gest was alive and well, Pollard turned on grieving Bowie, accusing her of playing a "f***ing sick" joke.

It was left to former EastEnders actor John Partridge to inform Pollard: "It's the wrong David honey."

Ofcom told ITV News that it had received more than 200 complaints about the coverage.

Many viewers were upset about:

  • the decision to televise Bowie in the moments after she was told of her ex-husband's death

  • Pollard's hysterical reaction

  • the way other housemates "bullied" Pollard over her mistake

Angie Bowie after being told of her former husband's death. Credit: Channel 5

Social media was awash with angry responses to the coverage, with many accusing the show of exploiting David Bowie's death for entertainment.

Celebrities also reacted to the uncomfortable scenes.

In a statement, an Ofcom spokesperson said:

ITV News has approached Channel 5 for comment.