|Over the past 29 days, fifteen housemates from both sides of the Atlantic have entertained the British public with fun, laughter, tears, tantrums, nominations and evictions. Throughout the series, the British public has been voting to decide who to evict and who to save and finally tonight (Thursday 24 September, 9pm), EMMA WILLIS revealed LIVE on Channel 5 that winner ofCelebrity Big Brother Summer 2015, representing theUK, is JAMES HILL with 45% of the total votes cast.
On hearing the news, James and runner up, AUSTIN ARMACOST (with 33% of the final vote) congratulated each other and hugged as Austin walked out the house.
Austin left the house to cheers from the awaiting audience and hugged Emma.
As James began to exit the house, the new Celebrity Big Brother winner said, “thank you… I’ve got goose-pimples right now.” He immediately flirted with Emma, telling her “you look fabulous.”
On winning the series, he said: “I can’t believe it. To walk up those stairs alone…there have been so many big personalities, big stars…”
When asked why he thinks he was the winner, he responded, “no idea, I’ve tried to be myself…put other people’s feelings ahead of my own….I didn’t have a strategy…I went with my heart and my gut. We have to realise when you go in, you don’t go in to make friends but it happens naturally. I got close to people there who I hope to be friends with for the rest of my life.”
James reflected on his friendship with Austin, calling him a “total legend,” adding that their relationship was “outrageous. I’m a loner and to have someone in that house to lean on. We had such a great time.” He revealed his thoughts on remaining friends with Austinoutside the house: “I hope so…he’s a great guy…he’s inspirational…how amazing what he did for Gail. He’s got a massive heart.”
Emma asked him to explain why he told Austin ‘we don’t really know each other,’ to which he responded: “I didn’t meant to hurt his feelings. To get to know someone takes time. In three weeks you don’t know people very well.”
He admitted he didn’t nominate him as a tactic to remove his strongest competition: “Never. I even forgot the end result. As much as I loved him…the way he had carried on wasn’t right…I tried to sit down and sort it out. It would have been the wrong thing to do not to [nominate him].”
When asked how he managed to keep his cool in the house, he said: “I’m just a quiet person. I just started listening…you don’t get results shouting the loudest…there’s nothing wrong with differences…its hard living with fourteen people that you don’t know. I could nit-pick on all sorts of things…end up arguing over a boiled egg…I thought I’d just let them get on with it.”
James ended his interview addressing the British public, “Thank you so much. Thank you everybody.”
Earlier, during Austin’s post eviction interview, the runner up told Emma, being the “last American standing, I’m so proud of that…we’ve [James and Austin] been in bed together since night one…to get a spanking fromSherrie Hewson - I can die a happy man.”
On his relationship with winner, James, he said it was “outstanding. We’ve been through this incredible journey…I’m so pleased I made a friend from up north...that dude is a great guy, a strong pillar in that house.”
When Emma asked if his experience would have been different without each other in the house, he responded, “100%...no one else looked as good as me in a bathing suit so having him next to me…”
Revealing his feelings on being nominated by James,Austin said it “devastated me…I didn’t know why but after he gave me his reasons, I understand them…but it really p*sses me off.”
When asked if he believed James was playing a game, he said, “I don’t think that. We’ve spoken at length about what happened. I don’t think he was playing a game.”
Discussing his relationship with Janice, Austin said, “she’s a very strong alpha female. I’m a very strong gay guy.”
He believed the Brits tolerated Janice because, “they just keep their heads down and crack on.” However, he clashed with her because, “every time I would confront her I was provoked. I never went out looking for a fight…”
He reflected on his outburst towards Janice in the bedroom: “I was bang out of order with what I said…I had to psychoanalyse myself and she didn’t deserve that and hopefully I expressed that…hopefully that’ll never happen again. If I can go three and a half weeks in that house with having one outburst then I think I’ve done well.”
The door has slammed shut on this summer’s series but Celebrity Big Brother will return in 2016.