Sir Cliff Richard has apparently been ruled out of appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after requesting a private loo.

The 68-year-old singing legend was in talks to appear in the Channel 4 reality show, The Sun reports, but as negotiations with show bosses over his toilet demands collapsed, he was ruled out of the series.

A show insider said: “Everyone was really excited about the prospect of having a legend like him on the series. But, early on in negotiations, reservations were raised about the lack of privacy and whether any alternative arrangements could be made.

“One suggestion raised was that Cliff could have his own bathroom away from the main house which would not be filmed. But ultimately that proved not to be possible.

“Producers were disappointed, but are confident the cast they have gathered will more than make up for his absence.”

A spokesman for Channel 4 said: “Negotiations are held with a lot of people and many raise certain conditions for appearance. We weigh each one up on its own merit.”

The sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother begins on January 2, with Austin Powers star Verne Troyer, 39, who played Mini-Me, reportedly confirmed to join the house.

A spokesman for Sir Cliff told The Sun: “He won’t be taking part this year.”

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