Desperate producers have devised a 10-point plan to rescue BB from the race row. An insider said: "The show has never faced so much controversy or found itself in so much trouble. "But if Shilpa wins it will send out a message that the programme hasn’t been dominated by racism."Hopefully a victory for Shilpa will calm the fury over her treatment and quiet down calls for Big Brother to become history."
The plan leaked to The Daily Star involves:
*Editing highlights to show Shilpa, 31, laughing and flirting with Dirk Benedict, 61.
*Ensuring Jermaine Jackson, 52, reaches the final three to counter racism claims.
*Sabotaging Cleo Rocos, 44, with footage of her friendship with Jade’s pals Danielle Lloyd and Jo O’Meara.
*A double eviction, possibly this Friday, of Danielle, 23, and Jo, 27.
*Jade, 25, being barred from all future shows.
*Presenters Davina McCall, 39, Russell Brand, 31, and Dermot O’Leary, 33, dismissing accusations of racism.
*Producers emphasising how much they have donated to charity.
*Jade’s boyfriend Jack Tweed, 19, and Danielle being encouraged to flirt.
*Shilpa being briefed to say she was not racially abused.
*Two new housemates being stopped from going in because they may prove more popular than Shilpa.
Recently Channel 4’s board met to discuss the crisis. Bosses hope their rescue plan will save BB.
Fans have already noticed major efforts to manipulate events in the house since Jade was booted out. Cleo was the second favourite until she was shown to have become friends with Danielle and Jo. While Jade was in the house, Cleo was seen as sitting on the fence and trying to calm tension – but now it seems she has joined their unpopular gang.
Meanwhile Shilpa seems happy and relaxed therefore sending her chances of winning rocketing. She is now the odds-on favourite to triumph, thanks to positive publicity.
TV regulator Ofcom was last night looking at launching a probe over complaints of another fix. It is also alleged Jade was coached before her eviction interview with Davina and that it was pre-recorded.
Public complaints have reached more than 42,000 but Ofcom said they were still in the process of reaching the final total.