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Ofcom launches official investigation following latest series of Celebrity Big Brother

More than 25,000 complaints were made.

THE MOST RECENT Celebrity Big Brother series was among the programme’s most controversial after Roxanne Pallett falsely accused Ryan Thomas of assault.

Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night 2018 - London Ian West / PA Images Ian West / PA Images / PA Images

On August 30, the former Emmerdale actress made allegations of physical assault against the Coronation Street actor in a move which ultimately cost her her career.

As footage of the so-called altercation disputed Roxanne’s version of events, the viewing public complained in their thousands, with many condemning the actress for trivialising domestic abuse and others deriding Celebrity Big Brother for exposing Ryan to unnecessary emotional trauma.

Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night 2018 - London Ian West / PA Images Ian West / PA Images / PA Images

After receiving more than 25,000 complaints from the public, Ofcom have launched an official investigation into the programme, which is hosted by Emma Willis.

The basis of the investigation will focus on whether Channel 5 provided appropriate information which may have helped in ‘avoiding or minimising offence’ to those watching at home.

Celebrity Big Brother Live Final 2018 - London Matt Crossick / PA Images Matt Crossick / PA Images / PA Images

Confirming this today, a spokeswoman for Ofcom stated: “We are investigating whether this programme broke our rules on offensive content.”

Earlier this month, Channel 5 confirmed that the most recent series of the celebrity version would be its last.

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