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Rylan Clark-Neal scrambles on air as Calum Best no-shows Celebrity Big Brother spinoff appearance

"We genuinely don't know where he is. This ain't even a gag."

Celebrity Big Brother spinoff Bit on the Side was thrown into chaos on Wednesday night when guest Calum Best failed to turn up.

Bit on the Side presenter Rylan Clark-Neal was expected to interview Calum about all the fallout from his eviction on Tuesday - only the former housemate no-showed without any explanation.

An exasperated Rylan opened the show by laying out the confusing turn of events: "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!"

So, Rylan improvised and introduced popular audience member Barbara to sit on the main panel alongside Vicky Pattison, Luke Marsden and... a Calum blow-up doll!

"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,'" Rylan smiled.

"So, I love her and I think she deserves this! So, please be upstanding for our very own Barbara!"

Later, Rylan even made a tongue-in-cheek guess about what happened to the most recent CBB evictee: "Maybe his new girlfriend kept him up all night?"

That was a sly reference to numerous tabloid photos showing Calum out partying with fellow housemate Jamie O'Hara at a nightclub only hours after he was booted from the house.

It was supposed to be a veritable Calum marathon on Channel 5 last night, as his final Celebrity Big Brother highlights show, his In Therapy session and an interview on Bit on the Side were scheduled back-to-back.

Calum hasn't yet offered any explanation for his Bit on the Side absence on Twitter.

Celebrity Big Brother continues on Thursday (February 2) at 9pm on Channel 5.

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