Jermaine Pennant has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother house.
The football star was shown the door on Monday night after losing out to Hardeep Singh Kohli in the public vote.
The eviction came as a surprise for the housemates who were in the middle of a party and thought the eviction was later in the week.
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“It’s a bit of a shock,” said Pennant. “I had a better outfit planned!”
Host Emma Willis told Pennant he had been nominated by Sally Morgan and Nick Leeson, who felt he was inconsiderate, and Kirstie Alley and Ryan Thomas, who referenced his friendship with Chloe Ayling.
The footballer, who has been married to glamour model Alice Goodwin since 2014, was seen exchanging written notes with Ayling. In one Pennant wrote: “I like you.”
He insisted the whole thing had been just “banter”.
“Nothing actually physically happened,” he said, adding that he never claimed to be single.
Pennant was also shown footage of the “punch” incident, where Roxanne Pallet claimed Thomas had hurt her by punching her.
The star said he was surprised at the clip, saying: “Is that it? That’s poor.”
“I was expecting something big,” he said, adding that he felt “like a mug” having listened to and comforted the actress.