Brian Dowling says final was for Davina
Brian Dowling insists the 'Ultimate Big Brother' final was more for Davina McCall than for him - because of her history with the reality show.
Brian Dowling says the 'Ultimate Big Brother' final was for Davina McCall.
The camp TV presenter was crowned the winner of the reality show on Friday (10.09.10) but he insists the fireworks-filled finale was more for the series' host than for him.
He said: "That moment wasn't about me. It was about Davina. She's hosted the show for 10 years. I remember when I first won, in 2001, and we were looking at the fireworks and she said they were all for me. On Friday I was able to say, 'Davina, they're all for you now.'
"It was the weirdest thing - she cried and embraced me and that was the show's last ever shot."
Brian - who beat Chantelle Houghton and Nikki Grahame to the title of Ultimate Big Brother contestant - admits he had serious reservations about returning to the programme which made him a star after seeing what happened to Jade Goody when she returned to the house.
Jade - who passed away from cervical cancer in March 2009 - got embroiled in a race row with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty during her stint on 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2007, an incident which wrecked her successful career.
Brian, 32, told The Sun newspaper: "I had the Jade thing going on in the back of my mind - people waiting for you to f**k it up. But I thought there was nothing I could lose. I'm still pretty much the same person I was 10 years ago. Viewers liked me then, why wouldn't they now?"