Singer Alexander O'Neal Apologizes For Calling Perez Hilton 'Silly-Ass Faggot' On Celebrity Big Brother: VIDEO
“I know what you want but you’re not going to get it ... you’re going to sit there with that silly ass faggot look on your face,” said O'Neal.
O’Neal later told housemates that although he regretted his choice of words, he didn’t regret using that phrase against the celeb blogger. Suggesting a threat of violence had the incident occurred off camera, he added:
"He knows well that he couldn't do that out there, but he did that in here 'cos it's safe in the Big Brother house. He taunted me...no man taunts me ever, you don't play with me.
"I apologise to the gay community. I have gay cousins, gay friends, I have people in my family that I love with a passion, if anybody hit them or messed with them the wrong way it's on. God don't make no mistakes.
"For that I apologise, but I never apologise for what I said about him to him ever.”
Although some housemates were supportive of Hilton, others were shocked by his antagonistic behavior towards O’Neal.
Following his apology, O’Neal disappeared into the diary room and didn’t return. Housemates were later informed that the singer had made the decision to leave the show.
Watch a clip of the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...
Last year, former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was reprimanded by Celebrity Big Brother for saying being gay is akin to being "handicapped" and "is a choice." Holyfield later apologized.