Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 20:34 pm (KSA) 17:34 pm (GMT)

First Muslim in Australian Big Brother pulls out

Another housemate, Saxon, is a truck driver who believes in UFOs (Courtesy Big Brother)
Another housemate, Saxon, is a truck driver who believes in UFOs (Courtesy Big Brother)

Big Brother's first Muslim housemate quit the reality TV series days before the show starts, Australian press reports said.

The unnamed housemate, an Afghani Muslim man from Adelaide, pulled out of the show because of parental pressure, the Sunday Herald Sun reported.

"He couldn't proceed for personal and family reasons. He was potentially a very interesting, different young man," Big Brother executive producer Virginia Hodgson told the paper.

The Muslim man was seen as a central character in this year's show, which brings together housemates from different political, ethnic and social backgrounds in an attempt to fire up the show after ratings sagged last year.

This year's fame-seekers include a tattooed truck driver who believes in UFOs, a mental health worker who grew up on an Aboriginal mission and a former member of a cult-like Christian sect called the Exclusive Brethren, who claims he has never kissed a girl.

"I think it will be a challenge for them to find common ground," Hodgson told the Herald Sun. "We have cast a wider net in terms of age, backgrounds and beliefs – political, cultural, religious."

The show goes to air tomorrow night.

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