The production company Endemol, producer of the "Celebrity Big Brother" TV reality show, asked Holocaust-denier David Irving to be a contestant on the show, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Endemol, whose producers said their offer to Irving was not seriously considered, met with him for 90 minutes, but it was decided not to have him on the show.

Irving came to international attention in 2000, when a British court threw out a libel suit that he filed against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books for calling him one of the "most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial."

Throughout that trial, Irving habitually addressed the judge as "Mein Fuhrer." The judge ruled that Irving is "an active Holocaust denier...anti-Semitic and racist."

In February 2006, Irving was convicted in Austria under a law which applies to anyone who denies, plays down, approves or tries to excuse the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, but Vienna's highest court granted his appeal and converted two-thirds of his sentence into probation.

Austria had issued an arrest warrant for Irving in 1989 for denying the Holocaust in lectures and in a press interview he gave the same year.

Upon returning to England following his imprisonment, Irving vowed to repeat views denying the Holocaust that led to his conviction, and called for a boycott of all Austrian and German historians until laws which make Holocaust denial illegal in those countries are overturned.

Iriving has contended that most of those who died at concentration camps like Auschwitz succumbed to diseases such as typhus rather than execution.