Jade Goody, a contestant on Britain's reality television show "Celebrity Big Brother" who has been at the center of allegations of racism against a contestant from India, has been voted off the show.
The 25-year-old Goody was evicted by a public vote after her comments against the Indian Bollywood film star Shilpa Shetty caused an outcry in Britain and India. Host Davina McCall said Friday as she announced the eviction that "Jade Goody obviously had no idea that for the last week she has been at the center of an international crisis."
Goody's verbal treatment of Shetty prompted nearly 30-thousand complaints to British television regulators. And the main sponsor of the show, mobile phoner retailer Carphone Warehouse, said Thursday it was suspending its support.
In the "Celebrity Big Brother" show, contestants live in a house cut off from the outside world. Participants are voted off gradually. The last remaining contestant wins a prize. In a recent episode,
Goody and another contestant made apparently racist comments about Shetty's skin color and accent, reducing the actress to tears.
The Indian government asked Britain to investigate whether or not British anti-racism laws had been broken. British Prime Minister Tony Blair commented on the controversy, saying racism in all forms must be opposed.