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    Posted: 28 Apr 2011 at 15:38
Watchdog rejects BB star complaint

Big Brother star Nadia Almada's complaint against Channel 4 after presenter Davina McCall joked about her "boyish good looks" has been rejected by the broadcasting watchdog.

Nadia, a transsexual who has undergone gender reassignment surgery, complained that Davina's remarks were "transphobic and offensive" after she appeared in Ultimate Big Brother, the final series in the Channel 4 show, last year.

Davina made the comment when she compared a guest on Big Brother's Big Mouth to the housemates, saying: "He has the charm of Coolio and the warmth of Ulrika (Jonsson). And he has the boyish good looks of Nadia."

Ofcom said it "recognised the potentially offensive and personally hurtful nature of Ms McCall's comments to Ms Almada".

But it said that, given the "light-hearted tone of the programme", it was unlikely that it would have influenced viewers' opinions of the Portuguese-born housemate.

Host Davina issued an apology after making the comments, saying Nadia, who won the 2004 show, "has always been one of my favourite housemates of all time".

Ofcom also said footage of Nadia's confrontation with rapper Coolio had not been edited unfairly.

It did not uphold her complaint of unfair treatment in the programme, which featured housemates from previous series of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.

It was announced this month that Channel 5 has signed a two-year deal with Big Brother creator Endemol and will be bringing back the reality show this year.

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