When “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant Angie Bowie heard the news that her ex-husband, David Bowie, had died, the 66-year-old former model was brought to tears — and the emotional moment became the centerpiece of a teaser for the show’s next episode.
Now, producers of the hit U.K. reality show are facing backlash from fans outraged that the show used footage of Angie’s emotional breakdown as promotional material, with some calling the teaser “disgraceful.”
“Really low and degrading from Channel 5 in broadcasting Angie Bowie’s reaction to hearing her ex-husband’s death,” Twitter user Daniel Jenks posted on Monday.
“Really distasteful from Channel 5 regarding showing Angie Bowie’s reaction to the sad news of her ex-husband. Unnecessary,” wrote Twitter user Lily Hayes, echoing the sentiments of many other “Celebrity Big Brother” viewers.
Really low and degrading from Channel 5 in broadcasting Angie Bowie’s reaction to hearing her ex-husband’s death.
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) January 11, 2016
Really distasteful from Channel 5 regarding showing Angie Bowie’s reaction to the sad news of her ex-husband. Unnecessary ��
— Lily Hayes (@lil_hayes) January 11, 2016
First time Channel 5 have ever shown a “tomorrow on Big Brother” and its a clip of Angie grieving over David Bowie death. Disgraceful #cbb
— Greig Scott (@greigeh) January 12, 2016
Channel 5 have reached a new low…showing Angie Bowie crying …shameless #cbb
— Theresa Parker (@terrypark45) January 11, 2016
“Celebrity Big Brother” responded to critics and defended its use of the footage, arguing that Angie “was told the tragic news about David Bowie off camera by her agent” and then chose to speak about the tragic news in the Diary Room.
For those asking – Angie was told the tragic news about David Bowie off camera by her agent, then spoke to BB about it in the Diary Room.
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 11, 2016
Angie, who was married to David from 1970 to 1980, has already said that she plans to stick it out on the popular reality show. Her decision was announced by the show on Monday.
“The decision to remain in the house is entirely her choice, and she has been given the option to leave at any time if she changes her mind,” a rep for “Celebrity Big Brother” said. “Appropriate support will be available to Angie at any time if needed.”