August 14, 2008
Jade Goody - who was accused of bullying Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother last year - is to appear on the Indian version of the show.
In another twist, the programme is hosted by Miss Shetty.
The producers have offered Miss Goody 50,000 plus expenses to appear on the two-week programme.
She will sign a contract after a final meeting with her advisers.
The 27-year-old embarked on her Indian adventure this morning when she was driven from her Essex home to the airport by her on/off boyfriend Jack Tweedy.
It is a brave move for Miss Goody, whose effigy was burnt on the streets of India after she referred to her fellow contestant as 'Shilpa Poppadom'.
Some 54,000 viewers complained to Ofcom and Channel 4 about the perceived racism on the show.
After she was evicted, Miss Goody said she was 'embarrassed and disgusted' by her own behaviour in the house but denied she was a racist.
Gordon Brown, who was then Chancellor, was forced to defend Britain as a 'country of fairness and tolerance'.
Miss Goody's advisers are adamant that the new move is a gamble worth taking to reinvigorate her flagging career.
They insist she will be able to turn her image around by appearing on the new show, called Big Boss in India, which starts on August 17.
A source close to Miss Goody said: 'For Jade, it's a chance to show that she is not a racist.
'She is the first to admit that she did have her problems with Shilpa, but this will be like a role reversal and a chance to show India and the world what she is really like.'