So that's why Bear hasn't appeared again...

Stephen Bear caused a bit of confusion last week when he hinted at a shock Celebrity Big Brother return – only to then NOT be one of the new housemates.

Now it’s been revealed that former winner Bear WAS in talks to go back in for the All Stars edition but this was sensationally stopped at the last minute over a contract dispute.

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The Ex On The Beach star, 27, has apparently been banned from a CBB comeback by his new show Celebs Go Dating, which he has already started filming.

It all unfolded when Bear accepted the chance to go back to Celebrity Big Brother after bosses hiked up the initial fee of £12k they’d previously offered him.

‘Stephen was one of the first celebs they approached to go on the CBB and was the frontrunner when producers needed replacements for Ray J and Brandon Block last week following their shock exits,’ a source claims.

‘He was originally offered £12k to return on this series, but he told them that wasn’t good enough – he’s the reigning champ and felt he was worth more, so he went with Celebs Go Dating instead.

‘They hiked up the offer massively to try and get him back on last week with an offer he simply couldn’t turn down.’

Bear was said to be pretty gutted that this was then unable to happen.

‘Stephen said yes, but his new show Celebs Go Dating blocked him,’ the insider tells The Sun. ‘He was devastated.’

It comes after the reality star hinted at going into the house on Twitter last week, before later posting a message simply saying: ‘Gutted’

Instead it was Chloe Ferry, Kim Woodburn and Jessica Cunningham who became new housemates on Friday night.

So Bear might have missed out on becoming a CBB All Star but he’s certainly not short of things to keep him busy.

As well as filming Celebs Go Dating the London boy has also been working on new MTV show Just The Tattoo Of Us with Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby.

Still, this hasn’t stopped CBB fans from hoping he might STILL make a surprise entrance into the house.

Sorry, guys, but it sounds kind of unlikely now!