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I'm not racist, says TV's Goody
Jade Goody on Channel 4's Big Brother
Jade Goody received 82% of the total votes in Friday's eviction
Jade Goody, at the centre of an alleged race row on Celebrity Big Brother, has been evicted from the Channel 4 show.

Goody, 25, was up against Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, who had been the target of the alleged abuse from Goody and others in the reality TV show.

Almost nine million people watched Goody being interviewed by host Davina McCall, according to overnight ratings.

Goody said her behaviour was "nasty" adding: "I'm not racist, but I can see why it has had the impact it's had."

On seeing clips from the show, she said: "I look like one of those people I don't like."

I apologise to anyone I offended
Jade Goody
Instead of emerging from the house to the usual crowd, Goody was taken straight to a studio for the interview.

She looked shocked when McCall showed her TV news headlines - revealing that Goody's comments and behaviour had become the subject of questions in the House of Commons and public debate in India.

She was silent for a few seconds before saying: "That's intense."

Goody, who received 82% of the total votes cast, added: "I apologise to anyone I offended."

Goody, who rose to fame in the non-celebrity version of Big Brother in 2002, already had an inkling there had been a furore around her alleged racist comments before leaving the house.

She made up with Shetty before the eviction, with Shetty saying she did not believe Goody was racist.

Viewer watching Shetty on Big Brother
About 40,000 viewers have complained about the show
Viewers have accused Goody, as well as former S Club 7 singer Jo O'Meara, model Danielle Lloyd and Goody's boyfriend Jack Tweed, of bullying Shetty.

Comments have included Goody calling Shetty "Shilpa Poppadom".

Goody insisted on the show that she "didn't say Shilpa Poppadom in a racial way" and that she did not judge people "by the colour of their skin".

Goody told McCall: "I can see why it looks like bullying.

"I'm disgusted in myself for saying what I have just seen myself saying. I do not approve of any of my actions and I do not approve of the words that came out of my mouth."

It was a straightforward contest between Shilpa and Jade, between good and bad
Shetty family spokesman
The audience for Friday's coverage peaked at 8.8 million between 2245 and 2300 GMT, according to the unofficial overnight figures. The entire show averaged 7.8 million.

In comparison, an average of 7.7 million saw Pete Bennett win the last non-celebrity version of Big Brother in August - Channel 4's biggest audience of 2006.

On Saturday, London mayor Ken Livingstone told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he was "delighted" at her eviction.

"I think everyone is delighted that we got the result we did last night," he said.

"Otherwise the image of Britain across India, which is the second-biggest investor in London after America now, would have been really damaged and it would have done a lot of harm to people's jobs."

A spokesman for Shetty's family said: "This vote has shown that goodness always prevails, like in Bollywood films.

I have heard worse so called abuse on playgrounds and in internet chat rooms - all it helped was the ratings for a very tired programme
Julie, Hereford

"This vote was not about just one contestant facing eviction," Dale Bhagwagar told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

"It was a straightforward contest between Shilpa and Jade, between good and bad."

Earlier, Shetty was asked by Big Brother whether she felt her argument with Jade was racially motivated.

But Shetty said: "I think it's a sequence of events that created that misunderstanding and made me believe for maybe a fraction of a second that I thought she was being racist.

"But I don't think so today, in hindsight, that she was being racist."

The furore saw politicians including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron drawn into the row, while more than 50 MPs have signed a motion condemning the programme. But Channel 4 has continued to stand by it.

TV watchdog Ofcom has now had about 40,000 complaints and sponsor Carphone Warehouse has suspended its affiliation with the show.

The moment Jade was booted off Big Brother

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