Earlier this weekend, news broke that reality TV star Tila Tequila was removed from the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother. Gaining fame from her risque modeling career and eventual reality TV series, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, the star has been followed by controversy during much of her career, but this time around may be the most shocking yet. Though the Channel 5 series tweeted that the reasons were outside of their control, Tila Tequila was reportedly removed from the house after producers learned about past comments the star had made about Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party.
After just one day in the Big Brother house, Tila Tequila’s newest shot at reality fame quickly dissolved. The show broke the news via Twitter on Friday. According to BBC News, though, even that one day was causing quite the stir. Complaints came in that the actress/model had posed in a Nazi uniform in front of a concentration camp, and that the American reality star also claimed Adolf Hitler to be a “brilliant artist” who was “ahead of his time." The actress even apparently said that she had the “same hopes and dreams as Hitler”.
Channel 5 claims they knew nothing about these views before bringing the celebrity into the house, but when they heard, especially once a petition had been started to get her removed, the network immediately took action. A spokesperson told BBC:
When they were brought to our attention, she was called to the Diary Room for a discussion with producers and was subsequently removed from the house. The views Tila had expressed, and permitted to remain uncorrected, are totally unacceptable and, accordingly, her continued involvement in the programme was untenable.
The Director of Communications at the Campaign Against Antisemitism even chimed in saying that the “British public has little time for attention seeking Nazi sympathizers”. The problem was quickly resolved though, as Tila Tequila spent little time on the show and in the house. But the reality star did address the controversy in her own statement on Friday to ET Online stating:
Back in 2013 I made a statement about Hitler not being a bad person, and immediately realized soon after that I had made a terrible mistake that would ultimately come back to haunt me. It was absolutely the lowest point I had ever reached in my life, and today I am truly sorry to everyone that I may have hurt along my self-destructive path. I have made many mistakes that I am definitely not proud about, but I am only a flawed human who is trying my best to be a better person than I was in the past.
Whatever the reason may be in Tila Tequila’s comments, maintaining a reality TV personality comes with a whole lot of attention attached. So whether or not this was her attempt at gaining more attention, being self-destructive, or just not even realizing how truly terrible a comment of that stature may be, even reality TV has had enough of Tila Tequila.