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Salman has now hosted four seasons of the show, which in the past has been hosted by Arshad Warsi (2006), Shilpa Shetty (2008), Amitabh Bachhchan (2009) and Sanjay Dutt (2011). Salman has had his share of controversies and fights involving the contestants.
Salman was accused of bias against TV actors Kushal Tandon and Gauahar Khan, contestants of Bigg Boss 7. He was accused of favouring Tanisha Mukherji, sister-in-law of Salman's friend Ajay Devgn.
The sixth season also saw celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani in a major fight
with the Kick-star. Sapna called Salman 'serial woman-beater'.
He also had a tiff with Imam Siddique on Bigg Boss 6. Salman did not like the way in which Imam talked about Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta.
Salman was livid on Bigg Boss 5 when his co-host Sanjay Dutt chided actor Siddharth Bharadwaj for his behaviour towards housemate Mahek Chahel. The incident did not really spark into major fight as Siddharth apologised.
In an online poll
run by Hindustan Times during the previous season of Bigg Boss, more than 57% readers said that Salman Khan was not a fair host in the seventh season. Of over 24,997 votes, around 14,349 votes gave a thumbs down to the entertainer. Also read: How fair is Salman Khan as Bigg Boss host?Celebs in Bigg Boss 8?
The Bigg Boss producers are yet to announce the final contestants
but several lists are doing the rounds on social media. Here's a list:
Raj Babbar's son and Bollywood actor Aryan Babbar
AAP leader Dr Kumar Vishwas
Romanian model Iulia Vantur
Bollywood actor Alok Nath
Comedian Sunil Grover
TV actor Gaurav Chopra
TV actor Mona Singh
TV actor Tina Dutta
TV actor Drashti Dhami
TV actor Rashmi Desai
TV actor Karan Kundra
Salman's ex-girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani