Ex-footie ace Neil Rudduck nicked comic Davidson at last moment in Celeb Big Boss
Former football star Neil Rudduck was drafted in to replace Jim Davidson on Celebrity Big Brother on Friday after the comedian's arrest threw the reality show into a complete pandemonium.
Ex-England defender Ruddock was called in just hours before the Channel 5 launch, as police in investigation of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal held Davidson, the Sun reports.
TV bosses were left scrambling to find a replacement after deciding the 59-year-old could not take part.
They signed up Ruddock, who had entered the jungle for I'm A Celebrity in 2004.
Davidson's absence was a huge blow for the Big Brother production team, who were banking on him as the show's big name.
Ruddock played for Spurs and Liverpool, winning one England cap, before becoming a TV personality.