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Tila Tequila has been kicked of the U.K. series Celebrity Big Brother season 16 over comments she made about the Holocaust and late Nazi leader Adolf Hitler more than a year ago and is now apologizing for her remarks.
The 33-year-old reality star and glamour model, whose real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, had in December 2013 penned a blog post titled "Why I Sympathize With Hitler Part 1: True History Unveiled," in which she called the deceased dictator a "good man" and "man of compassion." After she was cast on Celebrity Big Brother, the U.K.-based group Campaign Against Antisemitism started a Change.org petition called for the removal of the "Nazi housemate."
"Unfortunately, Channel 5 and [production company] Endemol did not know about the views and attitudes Tila had expressed in social media postings prior to her involvement in Celebrity Big Brother. When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house," a rep for Channel 5 said in a statement to E! News on Saturday. "The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the program was untenable."