Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone has defended his eccentric mother's involvement in British reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.

Network bosses at CHANNEL 4 invited the Rocky hardman's mum JACKIE to enter the household - in which contestants are kept in captivity and forced to share a restricted living space for 18 days - to confront Stallone's former wife BRIGITTE NIELSEN, a fellow competitor.

Wacky Jackie famously branded Nielsen a "gold-digging pig" following the collapse of her marriage to the actor, and is determined to capture voters' hearts and beat the leggy Dane to the $90,000 (GBP50,000) charity prize.

But far from chastising his mum for bringing her feud with Brigitte into the public spotlight, Sylvester has urged viewers to crown Jackie the winner.

He says, "It's my mother's time, it's my mother's show. I wish her all the best and hope she is still there at the end."

14/01/2005 17:43