Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CROWDS BANNED FROM BB EVICTION; Police Fear for Goody's Safety as Gordon Says: Vote Her Out

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CROWDS BANNED FROM BB EVICTION; Police Fear for Goody's Safety as Gordon Says: Vote Her Out

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

CROWDS will be banned from tonight ' s Big Brother eviction amid police fears over the safety of Jade Goody.

The race row that has engulfed the show means she is favourite to be voted out of the Big Brother house in Elstree.

An eviction is normally filmed with a backdrop of wildly cheering fans but Hertfordshire police warned producers to keep the set closed in case of a backlash against Goody. It follows accusations that she has led allegedly racist bullying of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother.

One of the two will be voted off in a phone poll this evening.

Gordon Brown waded into the row by urging viewers to throw Goody off the show. The Chancellor, on an official visit to India, said: "I hope people vote for tolerance."

Goody is expected to be met by police for protection and could also be questioned by officers who have launched a formal investigation.

A police spokesman said: "It would be irresponsible if we didn't consider crowd control tonight."

Speculation that the audience would be stopped from attending the show first surfaced this morning after ticket holders received blank emails titled "very urgent - Celebrity Big Brother".

Ticketing firm applausestore.com sent a confirmation email at midday which said: "Due to the controversy and heightened feeling surrounding the evictees there is no crowd at tonight's Big Brother eviction."

All tickets have been moved to next week's live show. Only an invited audience of friends and family will be allowed into the site tonight.

Hackers today set up a fake Goody MySpace page featuring pictures of the Ku Klux Klan and bombarded her fan sites with similar images.

Supporters of Shetty have said they plan a protest outside the Big Brother studios.

Channel 4 bosses were already facing the prospect of people boycotting tonight's eviction. One posting on a Big Brother message site read: "I'd already written back saying I was unable to attend due to my intense dislike of Jade's behaviour. …

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