Of course, the people showering Jo O'Meara with death threats are as bad as she is, but that doesn't make her right. Having had some time to think about things, she's finally got round to saying a sort of 'sorry' via a statement issued through her tour manager, but it's more "sorry for myself" than sorry for what she is:
"I have been asked why I did Big Brother. It was simply because I needed the money," she said.
"I did have a successful singing career in S Club but that was several years ago. I may lose my house and the fee offered was a lifeline which I took."
Well, Jo, nobody thought you were doing it because you fancied three weeks sharing a shower with Leo Sayer.
"I am totally shattered and after the death threats am scared to go home.
"Am I the first person in the world to make a mistake or say regrettable things?
"I am devastated, sorry and honestly have no idea what to do next,"
Well, no, Jo, you're not the first person to say regrettable things. Maybe, though, if you'd found space in your statement to explore what you said - or maybe if you'd not given an interview a week ago saying that Indians should take your idiotic burblings as "a compliment".
Jo, of course, blames the producers:
"Jade and her family entering the house late and the introduction of a slave/master culture is bizarre by anyone's standards and automatically creates tension and a divide.
"I may have made some mistakes but I have apologised for them and, in the context of the three weeks of Big Brother, I honestly believe that I was not a horrible person every day throughout the series."
No. Not every day. But we do like the idea that it was all Endemol's fault for creating a vacuum into which Jo's caustic personality leaked out. The school bullies should remember that one for when they're up in front of the head next - "I did tie him to a drainpipe and set fire to the bin I'd stood him in, but it was because the teachers hadn't set enough quadratic equations to keep me busy..."
Shilpa Shetty has used her post-CBB interviews to simultaneously absolve Jo from charges of racism while twisting the knife in a polite way:
Channel 4, meanwhile, have been denying the existence of footage of unnamed housemates singing racist songs.
And as if to prove that you should be careful what you wish for, the news pages at JoMeara.org (missing an 'o', surely?) make for interesting reading.
On January 9th, they posted this:
Well, Channel 4 certainly did get round to finding space for Jo in the highlights show...