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Nasty Nick pulls out of BB return

Nick Bateman
Bateman was originally disqualified from the show in 2000.

Former Big Brother housemate "Nasty" Nick Bateman has pulled out of a planned appearance on the reality show at the last minute.

The 41-year-old had been due to revisit the house on Monday as part of the series' 10th birthday celebrations.

Bateman told the BBC he pulled out as he did not want to participate in a planned assault course challenge.

"I pulled out because they did not tell me what the task entailed until I found out in the papers on Sunday," he said.

The challenge was to be recreated from Bateman's first spell in the Big Brother compound, pitting him against a current housemate.

'Miscommunication'

"As I didn't perform well in the task back then, it's highly unlikely I'd perform it well again and they obviously knew that and chose to withhold it from me," he said.

"The executive producer has sent me an email apologising for the miscommunication, as they called it."

Bateman denied newspaper reports that he pulled out of the show over payment.

Craig Phillips
Big Brother series one winner Craig Phillips will now replace Bateman

He said: "It wasn't a factor - I would have appeared it that was not the task. Why would I go and do something I couldn't do?

"I had suggested I'd be happy to do something else, like going in to the house for a period of time or being the voice of Big Brother," he added.

Bateman's appearance was due to take place nine years after he was thrown off the first series of Big Brother.

He was disqualified in 2000 after secretly writing notes with a pencil he had smuggled in. He showed the notes to his fellow contestants to try to influence their voting and win the £70,000 prize money.

Birthday plans

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately Nick Bateman was unable to take part in the Big Brother 10 birthday celebration tasks today," she said.

Brian Belo
Series eight winner Brian Belo will also return to the house

"Happily Big Brother One winner Craig Phillips will be head-to-head with housemates in the assault course task.

"None of the former housemates are being paid a fee for taking part in the tasks taking place this week. A donation will go to the Jade Goody foundation instead."

Phillips is one of several past contestants who will be revisiting the house over the week to celebrate Big Brother's 10th series.

Three ex-housemates from the third series will also take part in an egg and spoon race on Monday. A current housemate must predict the winner to succeed in the task.

Contestants from series four, five and six will be revisited on Tuesday; while on Wednesday, series eight winner Brian Belo will recreate a memorable task from his stint on the show.

On Sunday, housemates Sophie "Dogface" Reade and Siavash Sabbaghpour found out they will face the public vote for eviction this week.

The pair had been told not to use expletives for five-and-a-half hours as a punishment for discussing nominations - but they failed.

Kris Donnelly became the sixth person to be evicted from this year's series on Friday.



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