David Bowie's ex-wife Angela Bowie learned that the rock god had died while she was filming the UK's Celebrity Big Brother—and producers are showing her reaction to the news on-air, prompting boos from some Bowie fans who say it's exploitative.
Angela Bowie was told the news in private, but agreed to keep filming the show and even shared her reaction to the news in a confession booth.
And here is the sensational promo for the episode in which Angela talks about David Bowie's death. As you can see, another contestant on the show thinks that it's a contestant named David who died, not David Bowie. Farcical misunderstandings ensue.
Angela was married to Bowie for 10 years, from 1970 to 1980. According to the Big Brother contestant, she hadn't spoken to her ex-husband for years. “I haven’t seen him in so many years. I can’t make a big drama about it,” she said. “But I feel an era has ended.”
Many fans were upset by the show's ratings ploy: