CBB: Ryan Thomas is favourite to win the show after Roxanne Pallett quits amid ...

Ryan Thomas is the bookies favourite to win the show after he was caught up in a 'punch' scandal with Roxanne Pallett - who has now left the house. 

The soap star was accused of being physically abusive towards Roxanne and leaving her in pain after punching her repeatedly in the ribs, however, he claimed the jabs were playful. 

Many viewers claimed Ryan, 35, was 'obviously play fighting' and 'hardly touched her' during the incident and have rallied around the star, making him the favourite to win the show.  

Victorious: Ryan Thomas is the bookies favourite to win the show after he was caught up in a 'punch' scandal with Roxanne Pallett - who has now left the house

Victorious: Ryan Thomas is the bookies favourite to win the show after he was caught up in a 'punch' scandal with Roxanne Pallett - who has now left the house

According to bookmaker Coral, Ryan is on odds of 8-15 to win the show, taking over from Kirstie Alley, who has now dropped to 2-1. 

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead told Metro: 'The bets we are taking are only on Ryan and Kirstie and the last 24 or hours or so has seen a deluge on the former, making ex-Corrie star Thomas once again the odds on favourite with us as it stands.' 

Meanwhile, bookies predict that Dan Osborne will be the next to leave at 16-1.

Ryan was favourite to win before he even entered the show, getting 3/1 odds in the days before the show started.  

Accusations: The soap star was accused of being physically abusive towards Roxanne Pallett and leaving her in pain after punching her repeatedly in the ribs

Accusations: The soap star was accused of being physically abusive towards Roxanne Pallett and leaving her in pain after punching her repeatedly in the ribs

Viewers have thrown their support behind the star, who yesterday broke down in tears as he discussed the accusations. 

Outraged viewers took to social media in defence of Ryan, with her social media

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