American adult film star Stormy Daniels backed out from appearing on Celebrity Big Brother just hours before Thursday’s live launch show, it has been confirmed.
Stormy – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – was signed on to be one of 14 housemates for the current series of Celebrity Big Brother. Show bosses sent a twist called “The Big Brother White House”, which was likely made for the adult film star.
After a night of speculation and rumours, broadcaster Channel 5 put out a statement confirming Stormy did, in fact, quit just hours before the show began.
“Stormy Daniels was booked to appear on the show several months ago and hours before the show was due to go live, informed the production team that she no longer wished to enter the house as previously agreed,” the statement said.
“Producers discussed a variety of options with her but were unable to agree on any acceptable conditions for her entering the house. Our focus is now on making a brilliant series with our fantastic celebrities,” the broadcaster added.
Stormy was scheduled to appear on ITV’s Loose Women to discuss why she was not going to do the show but that appearance was cancelled as well. However, host Jane Moore said she had a conversation with the adult film actress and wanted to tell her side of the story.
“This is her side of the story. Late last night, she showed me the emails, there was a custody development involving her seven-year-old daughter. She showed me the email. And she thought, I can’t commit to being in the house,” Moore said of her discussion with Daniels, according to The Sun.
“What she wanted to do allegedly, she said being a mother comes first. She said I will go on the live show and to explain why I am not going into the house. That was all agreed and suddenly it wasn’t,” Moore added.
Daniels’ law Michael Avenatti denied there was any issue involving her reported £750,000 ($950,000) fee.
“It was over a row with producers,” he said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “They insisted she conduct herself in a certain way — they attempted to control her and produce a certain result, which she did not feel comfortable with. There was never any issue relating to pay.”
Loose Women co-host Kaye Adams said Channel 5 bosses reached out to the show to “categorically deny” Daniels’ version of the story.
Celebrity Big Brother airs nightly on Channel 5.