CBB bosses: Rylan Clark decision was pre-agreed

'Celebrity Big Brother' bosses have revealed a deal was put in place to let Rylan Clark leave the house to rehearse for 'The X Factor' live tour before the series started

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Rylan Clark

'Celebrity Big Brother' bosses have defended their decision to let Rylan Clark leave the house in secret.

Producers of the Channel 5 show have revealed a deal was in place before the series started to let the flamboyant star leave the house twice, but remain "on-site" within the Elstree Studios complex, to take part in 'The X Factor' tour rehearsals on the "strict understanding" he wasn't allowed to speak to anyone about events on the programme.

A show statement explained: "It was agreed before Rylan entered the 'Big Brother' House that he would be allowed to rehearse for his tour twice on-site with a choreographer. This was agreed on the strict understanding that he was not allowed to discuss events in the 'Big Brother' House with anyone during such rehearsal periods.

"Rylan was escorted by a 'Big Brother' producer at all times during rehearsal to ensure full compliance."

The statement comes after former contestant Gillian Taylforth - who was voted off the show on Friday (18.01.13) - revealed in an interview yesterday (21.01.13) that Rylan had been leaving the house in secret to take part in the rehearsals.

Speaking on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff', she explained: "Rylan went out to do 'X Factor' rehearsals ... obviously he wasn't allowed to talk about it, but when he came back he'd just ask somebody the time very quickly like [his] driver, and we said to him when he'd get in, 'What's the time?' "

But Channel 5's decision to let him leave the house has sparked anger among 'Celebrity Big Brother' fans and former contestants, which has made some turn against the former 'X Factor' star.

Former 'Big Brother' star Narinder Kaur - who appeared on the show's second series in 2001, which was won by current host Brian Dowling - wrote on Twitter: "Bang out of order and against the no 1 rule of BB! Rylan NOT to win!! Get him out! (sic)"

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