Roxanne Pallett quits pantomime following Celebrity Big Brother controversy
Actor Roxanne Pallett has pulled out of a pantomime following a petition that called for her to be replaced due to her “horrific” behaviour on Celebrity Big Brother.
Pallett was due to appear as the title role in Cinderella at Chesterfield Theatres’ Pomegranate Theatre in Derbyshire, which runs from December 1 to January 6.
However, a petition on change.org calling for her to be replaced due to controversial behaviour on Big Brother received more than 5,000 signatures.
Pallett quit the Channel 5 series last week after a dispute with actor Ryan Thomas, who Pallett claimed had punched her.
The Change.org petition, by member of the public Keeley Revell, said: “After the recent horrific display during her stint in Celebrity Big Brother, I think it’s clear to see that this woman is not the most desirable character to play the leading role in our local pantomime.
“I, for one, would boycott the event if she was still the leading role.”
A statement from the producers of the pantomime, Paul Holman Associates, which was posted on Facebook, said: “Roxanne Pallett has today decided to step down from her upcoming role as Cinderella in Chesterfield, in order to take some time out and reflect on recent events.
“We wish Roxanne the best and will be announcing her replacement in due course.”
Representatives for Pallett have been contacted for comment.