Skip to main content

Rolf Harris shows pulled from Channel 5

Channel 5 has pulled two TV shows featuring Rolf Harris from its schedules following the entertainer's arrest on suspicion of sexual offences.

Rolf's Animal Clinic, which was being repeated on the channel, has been taken off air after the allegations came to light on Friday while children's show Olive The Ostrich, which the 83-year-old voices, has also been dropped from Channel 5's morning schedule.

Children's channel Nick Jr has also reportedly pulled the latter from its line-up.

A spokesman told the Mirror: "While this legal matter involving Rolf Harris is on-going we have removed Olive the Ostrich and repeats of Rolf's Animal Clinic from the Channel 5 schedule."

The Australian entertainer had previously been questioned twice by police - in November 2012 and in March - as part of the ongoing Operation Yewtree enquiry set up in the wake of sexual allegations against the late Jimmy Savile.

Harris had not been identified by police and had previously been known as 'Yewtree 5', one of 12 people involved in broadcasting or entertainment to be arrested by police (opens in new tab). However the sun and the BBC publicly named him on Friday.

He has since been bailed to appear again in May pending further inquiries.

Harris has yet to comment on the allegations - thought to relate to one woman who approached police in the wake of the Savile scandal - but sources have said he vehemently denies any wrongdoing.