BGT's Jenny Darren liked vile homophobic and racist videos on her YouTube account

But it turns out there’s a lot more to the OAP rocker than meets the eye — and every bit is deeply unpleasant.

I can reveal she has had a huge telling-off from show bosses after liking a string of homophobic and racist YouTube videos.

The singer, who became a bookies’ favourite to win the ITV series, has created a playlist on her account that includes clips which criticise homosexuality and label Jews a “pest to society”.

One shock video suggests our Royal Family are “imposters”, while Jews should be “hunted down”. Another calls LGBT relationships “a prevalent sin in society”.

Many more videos in Jenny’s playlist were deleted after my team went to her.

As she revealed on BGT, she is also a poet — but it turns out her work isn’t at all about love and flowers.

One poem written for her Facebook page, titled The Future, lashes out at LGBT relationships.

A TV insider said: “Jenny’s behaviour online is shocking and inappropriate. She’s supposed to represent a family show but is instead setting an extremely bad example for her followers.

“It’s not only an embarrassment for Jenny, it’s a headache for the show and producers are fuming. Its most senior execs have discussed her future on BGT and have given her a huge telling-off.”

A show spokeswoman said: “Any prejudicial language or behaviour is abhorrent to everyone involved in BGT, which is an inclusive show.

“As a result, Jenny Darren has been reprimanded by producers regarding her previous statements, and has been warned over her future conduct. She has profusely apologised.”

It baffles my mind that it’s someone’s job to make sure contestants don’t have a murky past and yet this slips through.

Given she’s a vile no-mark, BGT should just ditch her now and be done with it.

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