Stacy Francis has received a warning on Celebrity Big Brother, after labelling Austin Armacost a “gay boy”.
The 47-year-old singer, most famous for being a contestant on The X Factor U.S., caused a social media stir when she commented on Austin’s sexuality during a chat with Coleen Nolan and James Jordan.
As the housemates discussed sleeping arrangements, Stacy admitted she was shocked that her pal Ray J had said he wouldn’t share a bed with DJ Brandon Block, but hadn’t ruled out sharing a double bed with Austin.
“He would sleep with the gay boy!? Isn’t Austin gay?” Stacy said, before a clearly stunned James replied: “I’m straight… He’s gay. That wouldn’t bother me.”
James and Coleen’s shocked reactions to her comment led to Stacy attempting to backtrack, telling them: “I know! I’m being sarcastic. Everyone’s so serious!”
But Stacy’s remark was concerning enough for show bosses to issue her with a warning.
“As part of standard procedures, Big Brother often reminds housemates that language in the house can raise concerns and this was discussed with Stacy,” a statement from show representatives to MailOnline read.
Viewers were quick to slam Stacy for her comment, which was aired on last night’s show, with one writing: “So she starts to tip toe into homophobia…
“Clearly being gay is a problem to Stacy #CBB… Okay (Celebrity Big Brother) you need to pull up #Stacy for that homophobic comment!! 2017 and I’m appalled at the ignorance!!”
Another added: “Stacy a little homophobia then what’s wrong with a straight man sleeping in the same bed with a gay one…
“Stacy coming across a tad homophobic and back tracking when realising the rest of them aren’t #CBB’.”
Soon after entering the house New Star Stacy was chosen to be “edited out” by the All Stars, and exchanged words with “producers” Heidi and Spencer Pratt.
Now Stacy has some company after former Braveheart actor James Cosmo and Brandon were chosen to join her.