Gogglebox sparks Ofcom complaints as Strictly’s Bill Bailey called ‘sex tourist’ by Giles

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Last week, a host of Gogglebox favourites tuned into Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse’s first Strictly Come Dancing performance. The telly watching stars were divided over his Cha Cha Cha and while many enjoyed BIll’s performance, Giles’ controversial comments led to Channel 4 viewers sending in complaints to Ofcom.

For his first dance, Bill performed a Cha Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba while wearing a flamboyant shirt and yellow trousers. 

As the Gogglebox stars watched the performance, many of them were pleasantly surprised. 

Pete commented: “You know what he’s actually not that bad.”

“No, he’s not,” his sister Sophie agreed. 

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“The trouble is he looks like a sex tourist,” Giles remarked. 

“Yeah,” Mary agreed before later labelling Bill as “embarrassing”.

While some viewers flocked to Twitter to laugh at the jibe, others contacted the media regulator. 

An Ofcom spokeswoman confirmed to The Sun Online: “[Complaints] were mainly about alleged homophobic comments and two complaints about Giles’ description of Bill Bailey as a ‘sex tourist.'”

The rest of the Gogglebox stars enjoyed Bill’s performance and praised this enthusiasm. 

The Malone’s Tom Jnr shared: “Bill’s enthusiasm actually makes his dancing look better because when you look at just the dancing it’s not that great.”

Siddiqui brother Umar, joked: “It’s like he’s road-testing an artificial hip replacement.” 

Gogglebox favourite Lee found Bill’s dance amusing while Jenny quipped: Don’t laugh he’s having a go.”

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“I think he’s brill don’t you,” Shirley said but husband David hit back: “I wouldn’t say brill but he’s given it a fair old go.”

Channel 4 viewers shared their thoughts on Bill’s dance and the Gogglebox stars’ reactions. 

One said: “Catching up on Gogglebox tonight and had the best laugh of 2020 at @umarksiddiqui

comment ‘he looks like he’s road resting an artificial hip replacement’ at Bill on strictly #Gogglebox #bellylaugh #hilarious.”

Another wrote with a laughing emoji: “These comments about Bill Bailey #Gogglebox.”

“Bill Bailey has just sold strictly to me #Gogglebox,” another tweeted.

“If I’d been driving when Giles made that comment about Bill Bailey just now, I’d have swerved off the road #gogglebox,” a fourth wrote.

Someone else said: “No f*****g way did Giles just say Bill Bailly looks like a sex tourist! Stop it #gogglebox.”

“You’re such a prude, Mary. Bill is not embarrassing! #gogglebox,” another added.

Gogglebox continues on Channel 4 on Friday at 9pm. Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7.25pm.

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