Jim Davidson has signed up for 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

The 59-year-old comedian looks set to cause controversy on the Channel 5 show after he called homosexual host Brian Dowling a "shirt lifter" and a "f***ing disgrace" when they were both contestants on ITV's 'Hell's Kitchen' in 2007, which saw Jim kicked off the programme as a result.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Jim often says what he thinks, even if his views are at odds with most people.

"He got himself into a lot of trouble when he was on 'Hell's Kitchen' with Brian but hopefully he will be on better behaviour with him this time. It's true to say there is no love lost between the pair of them but Brian is a professional and this is part of his job."

Brian will be tasked with interviewing Jim when he enters the infamous 'Celebrity Big Brother' house on January 3, and when he leaves the show. The pair are not thought to have properly spoken since the 'Hell's Kitchen' incident.

A number of other stars are also rumoured to be taking part in next year's programme including former 'EastEnders' actress Gillian Taylforth, who portrayed Kathy Beale on the BBC One soap for 15 years, and Page 3 model Lacey Banghard.

US reality TV stars Spencer Pratt and his wife Heidi Montag, Steps singer Claire Richards and 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark have also been linked to the show.

'Celebrity Big Brother' returns to Channel 5 on January 3.