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Former heavyweight champ Holyfield reprimanded for comments on gays

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LONDON (AP)

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been reprimanded by the bosses of a British reality TV show for saying being gay ''ain't normal.''

Holyfield compared being homosexual to being born with a deformed leg, saying ''you go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.'' He also said it was ''a choice'' to be gay.

The 50-year-old American made the comments during a conversation with a fellow contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in an episode that was aired Sunday in Britain.

Program officials told Holyfield these ''aren't the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.''

Holyfield was warned to ''consider very carefully the effects expressing such views may have.''

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