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Celebrity Big Brother 2017: Calum Best replaced by blow-up doll on CBBBOTS after no-show
It was left to host Rylan Clark to explain to the audience what had happened, saying: "We were supposed to have Calum Best on, but we genuinely don't know where he is. This ain't even a gag. This really ain't."
The presenter cheekily jibed: "Maybe his new girlfriend kept him up all night?
"So, I had a little thought and thought, 'Who could I put in Calum Best's place tonight?' It's got to be someone quite close to him. So, I love her and I think she deserves this so please be upstanding for our very own Barbara," he continued.
CBBBOTS fan, Barbara, along with her blow-up Calum Best doll, was on hand to take the recent evictee's place on the panel alongside Luke Marsden and Vicky Pattison, to much joy from viewers of the show.
Calum Best was evicted from CBB earlier this week
Calum Best's eviction was the last before Friday's final
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Calum Best was shocked when his mum Angie Best entered the Celebrity Big Brother house
Maybe his new girlfriend kept him up all night?
"About time Barbara was on the panel, QUEEN #CBBBOTS," tweeted one fan.
Another praised the regular: "Barbara is more of a gentleman than Calum… Thanks for turning up Barb… #cbbbots".
Fans were also quick to jump to Twitter to air their views on Calum's no-show.
One fan was particularly upset about not seeing the 36-year-old, tweeting: "Omg why has Calum not shown up!? Gutted!! #CBBBOTS."
Calum was replaced by Barbara carrying a blow-up doll
Celebrity Big Brother concludes on Friday
Another wrote: "Caught a little bit of #CBBBOTS whilst going through channels. That inflatable Calum Best has more character than the real thing. #CBB."
The show aired directly after Calum's appearance on In Therapy where he opened up about his notorious past and his relationship with his late father, George.
Speaking on the show, he admitted that he "built a horrible reputation" for himself but has since changed and now "likes being a gentleman".
Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Calum Best regarding these reports.
Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm.