Who’d have thought that ‘villain’ of the house, Anne Widdecombe would have made it to second place on Celebrity Big Brother’s live final on Friday night? The former politician battled it out with fellow housemate Courtney Act (a.k.a Shane Jenek) with the aim of scooping the CBB 2018 trophy, however, the Aussie drag queen swooped the votes with a whopping 49% out of the final five.
Courtney’s fellow finalists included Wayne Sleep, Jess Impiazzi and Shane Lynch, while herself and Ann waited on the final verdict from presenter, Emma Willis.
Expressing her excitement on winning the show, Courtney stated that such a move would have a huge impact on the gay and drag communities. During her exit interview, the Austrailian former Ru Paul Drag Race contestant said: “Is this real life? Look at all these faces?” she said.
“I guess coming into the house is validation that it’s okay to be different.”
However, upon exiting the house, Ann’s final interview didn’t exactly go to plan – with Emma left cringing by her choice of question.
Leaving the house just minutes before Courtney and asking how she felt about placing second, she told host Emma Willis: “That’s okay, isn’t it? ‘From the chanting tonight I heard Courtney had a huge amount of support. ‘I’m thoroughly bemused. Apparently, I’m the runner-up in Celebrity Big Brother. Do you know how many times I’ve turned this programme down? I never did [want to do it]. I said no year after year, just go away, no,” she added.
As expected, the former politician didn’t have the best time in the house but stated she simply signed up for this year’s series after bosses persuaded her to be involved, in honour of the monumental year: “They said it would be different this year, the Year of the Woman, and we will have a fairly serious Big Brother. So I was persuaded that Big Brother was going to be fairly serious. At times it was.”
“With all due respect to all of them, I am dying to back to living alone. Dying for it! I’ve been dying for it since day one in the Big Brother house.” she said. Then the numbers doubled and I was dying for it even more!”
“There was noise all the time. I was woken up all the time by loud pop music, and there was even one day I was woken up by an obscene performance” she said.
Emma then went on make a slightly awkward remark and asked Ann how she felt about returning home to her beloved cats after being in the company of other people for such a long period of time: “How will you fair going back now to just you with your lovely cats?” she asked, before Ann’s response left viewers speechless.
“I don’t have any cats. That’s misinformation,” she replied sharply.
Surprised by the unexpected answer, Emma said: “I thought you had cats!” before Ann claimed: “I used to. But they died.”
Left blushing by the blunder, Emma then quipped: “Oh… so how are you feeling? Now she feels awful as I just mentioned her dead cats!”
Fans of the show found the entire scene hilarious and took to Twitter to remark on the awkward gaffe:
“Oh my God @EmmaWillis how you just reminded Ann about her dead cats” one user said.
‘@EmmaWillis mentioning Ann’s dead cats…how to kill a moment #CBB #CBBFinal’ another wrote.
‘Touch of awkwardness when Emma brought up Ann’s cats who were dead though’ another commented.
However, one fan supported Emma and stated that she would never have known that Ann’s cats had passed away, due to the fact that her love of the feline creature was constantly mentioned in the outside world while Ann was still within the CBB house.
‘The cats had been mentioned for weeks outside the house and nobody said anything before about them being dead. Ann says they’re dead after Emma asks her about them and ppl call it awkward etc. Leave Emma alone. If she was told she had cats then how is it her fault? #CBB.” they said on Twitter.
Emma then changed the subject and asked whether the disputes that arose in the house between fellow housemates such as India Willoughby and Shane J had opened her eyes to different perspectives. Again, Ann was quick to say exactly what she thought:
“No. Look you don’t reason yourself to a position over a long number of years, and then suddenly in the course of a couple of conversation decide “Oh I’ve got that wrong”. You’ve reasoned yourself there. That is that position. ‘What I’m pleased about coming second is, is what an endorsement of free speech. Because whether people agreed with me or not is not the point. I exercised my freedom to say what is unfashionable.”
Although it was slightly ironic for Courtney to win the show in honour of ‘Year of the Woman’, Emma admitted that if any male were to win the show, Courtney was the perfect fit.
Discussing her evident feelings for fellow housemate Andrew, the drag queen went on to say: “The thing I love about Andrew is he’s just more comfortable with everyone and everything.”
She later added that society is obsessed with labelling individuals and although they each had strong feelings for each other, their love was nothing more than a platonic friendship: ‘People are so quick to go “he’s gay, he’s in the closet”. We both loved [our relationship] and didn’t really care. And Andrew certainly doesn’t have any f**ks to give!” she said.
“I think it was hard for Andrew, being in love with me and having it unrequited. It was lovely to be reunited with him [on eviction night]. It’s often that I’m doing a fabulous event and having a good time by proxy. You don’t have a friend you can share it with. So it was special to have him there when I came out of the house, so I could look over and see him.”.
He went on to add: “I think it might be something that only the two of us understand. Gay boy and straight man, cuddling – it doesn’t need it be more than what it just was.”