American music producer David chose to leave the process for medical reasons after viewers saw him sleeping in a separate room from the other housemates as he battled an unknown illness.
His exit was confirmed by Big Brother this morning and will air on tonight's episode at 9pm on Channel 5. No further details have been given so far.
Among those taking to Twitter to discuss David's exit were Rylan, TOWIE star Bobby Cole Norris and television critic Ian Hyland, who suggested David was better out of the house than in...
Sad to see @DavidGest2016 leave the house. Get well soon X— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) January 18, 2016
To be honest, a man of David Gest's intelligence is probably better off out of there. It's just no-mark kids screaming at each other. #CBB— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) January 18, 2016
Plenty of viewers also shared their opinions on Twitter, with the majority wishing him a speedy recovery and saying they were gutted he'd gone.
A shame that David Gest had to leave. He's been ill in the house a while though. #cbb— Nicole! (@ifuseekamy_) January 18, 2016
I'm sad to hear that David Gest has left the #CBB house :( But he has been sick for a week now so I understand.— Elli Elisabeth (@brightelisabeth) January 18, 2016
So gutted David Gest has left the house, he is a wee ledge— Natz (@natzelphinstone) January 18, 2016
@DavidGest2016 really sorry to hear this. He seems like a great guy. Get well soon David. You will be missed— sue s (@peacemakeruk) January 18, 2016
Oh no David Gest has left #CBB he gave the youngsters such a lot of good advice hope he gets better soon x— Gaynor Rees (@gaynor225) January 18, 2016
David Gest has left CBB! That's a shame, he was the only vaguely likeable one in there. Can't blame him though— SharonA (@DoctorWarmflash) January 18, 2016
Oh no, David Gest has left #cbb for medical reasons :( I think he's felt unwell almost since the start. Hope he feels better soon!— Laura Davidson (@lovelylaurajd) January 18, 2016