Russell walks out on Celebrity Big Brother

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Film director Ken Russell has become the second housemate to quit the Big Brother house.

The 79-year-old walked ust two days after the departure of bad boy rocker Donny Tourette.

Russell told TV show bosses he wanted to leave yesterday, following rows with late entrants Jade Goody and her mum, Jackiey.

The eccentric filmmaker, who is the oldest person ever to go into the house, bickered with Jade at lunchtime when he flouted the rules of the servants' task.

The house has been divided into "master and servant quarters" since the arrival of Jade, her boyfriend Jack Tweedy and mother Jackiey on Friday.

While eight of the housemates were forced into a life of servitude, attending to the Goody family's every whim, Ken was one of the chosen few to be "adopted" and become one of their fellow "masters".

But at lunchtime yesterday, the director helped himself to a plate of cheese and crackers without any assistance from the servants.

Jade accused him of of costing the group the task because "you couldn't wait for your hungry belly."

"I think you're slightly demented darling," he replied, "You should be put in a straitjacket."

Although they soon made up, the row appeared to be playing on Ken's mind, and he was soon in the diary room, telling Big Brother he wanted to leave.

"I knew there'd be a few surprises but not of the kind I experienced. I am a big old fuddy duddy and some of the surprises were a little too much to take for someone of my sensibility," he said.

Earlier that day he had launched a scathing attack on Jackiey threatening to leave if Big Brother didn't "get her out".

"Jackiey is upsetting everyone. She is unreasonable and seems to not have control of her tongue or her brain, if she has one," he said.

Housemates were told of Ken's departure by Carole Malone, who was handed a laminate revealing he was leaving.

On Friday night, Tourette, the loudmouth singer with punk band the Towers of London, climbed over the fence after refusing to act as Jade's butler.

Bookmakers William Hill are now offering odds of 11/10 that another contestant will leave the house before the end of the show, and 50/1 that they all quit.

Actress Cleo Rocos is the 9/4 favourite to win, with A Team actor Dirk Benedict second at 9/2 and singer Leo Sayer at 6/1.

William Hill have ranked Jade's boyfriend, Jack as the 6/4 favourite to be the first evicted from the house, followed by Jade's mum, Jackiey at 2/1 and Jermaine Jackson a 4/1 shot.

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