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newspaper made no attempt to contact me, but
appears to have relied solely on reports in the
Jewish media. Big mistake.
London, Sunday, November 2, 2008
Irving's audition for Celebrity Big
by Rajeev Syal
DAVID Irving, the disgraced
denier, was considered as a
contestant for the reality television show
Celebrity Big Brother, prompting astonishment and
anger from Jewish campaigners.
The 70-year-old author, described by a High
Court judge as 'anti-semitic and racist', had a
90-minute meeting with the production company
Endemol and discussed taking part in the next
series in January.
The disclosure follows a week of intense debate
over the ethics of entertainment following lewd and
insulting comments made by Jonathan Ross and
Russell Brand on Radio 2. Endemol was
severely rebuked by the media regulator Ofcom last
year for allowing former Celebrity Big Brother
contestant Shilpa Shetty to become the
target of sustained racial abuse.
on his website that he had received a 'top secret
provisional invitation' in September. He was
told last week that he had not made the final
Leading historians and Jewish figures were
incredulous yesterday at Endemol's apparent
Lipstadt, the American historian who
defeated a High Court libel case brought by Irving,
on her blog: 'This is beyond belief.'
Mark Gardner, a director at the Community
Security Trust, the Jewish anti-racism body, said:
'It is pathetic in the extreme that a
should even be considered as light entertainment
for a reality TV show.'
A spokesman for Endemol said that Irving had not
been 'seriously considered' as a
Irving invited on Celebrity Big
Deborah Lipstadt's double-take: Has
someone lost their mind?
Deborah Lipstadt Libel action
film to be directed by Ridley Scott, about David
Irving and Deborah Lipstadt and the famous
Holocaust denial trial
Deutsche Welle (German propaganda radio)
writer Ronald Harwood working on a film of the
trial of David Irving