Davina McCall responds as Brian Dowling slams Big Brother for ‘rewriting history’

This is getting awkward

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by Daisy Hall |
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Big Brother’s Best Shows Ever has been an absolute godsend during lockdown, reminding us all just how brilliant vintage reality TV is.

And whilst most viewers have nothing but praise for the show, hosted by Davina McCall and Rylan Clarke, a few have tweeted their displeasure at the fact that Brian Dowling has seemingly been missed from the old episodes.

One fan tweeted that Brian’s lack of appearance was strange “considering how loved he is and was on the show”.

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Brian in 2012 ©Getty Images

And it seems that Brian himself was just as confused as the fans, replying to the above tweet, "You’re not the only one. Actually, at this stage it’s getting rather funny. People trying to rewrite history."

Whilst we don’t think that that schools will be showing their students past Big Brother episodes any time soon, Brian does have a point.

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Davina in 2010 ©Getty Images

But luckily Davina was on hand to get involved in the Twitter action and clear up any misunderstanding. She tweeted, "Just an FYI. We did ask (Brian Dowling) to be part of the show. He was ultimate housemate!!!! That was a no brainer."

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Pete Burns

Where do we even start with cross-dressing controversial 80s popstar Pete Burns? After boasting about his 'gorilla fur' coat, PETA got involved and made Big Brother confiscate it. Pete's response?: "I want my effing coat back!"It's also fair to say that he despised Jodie Marsh, who he reduced to tears on more than one occasion. He told Big Brother in the Diary Room: "I wouldn't p--s on her if she burst out in flames."OUCH.Pete passed away in 2016.

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Gemma Collins

Ah, The GC had MANY an outrageous moment during her time in the CBB house. Her biggest feud seemed to be with the Big Brother system, refusing to take part in challenges and telling them she doesn't need the fee money to pay her mortgage ("I'VE GOT MONEY!").Other memorable moments include Gemma thinking she was pregnant, telling Gillian McKeith to F off down the phone and choosing to have a blow dry at the cost of her housemates missing out on hot water for the day.She quickly became a meme icon and reached diva status.

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Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis entered the most turbulent relationship EVER (well, probably) when she met Jeremy McConnell in the house. The pair weren't shy around each other and quickly got jiggy in between the sheets. Slight problem: Stephanie was already in a relationship outside the house.Daniella Westbrook and Gemma Collins took particular offence to Stephanie's behaviour, which sparked arguments. In fact, Danielle said: "I'd be happy not to breathe the same air as her again in my life."Oh dear oh dear.

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Jo O'Meara

S Club's Jo O'Meara was involved in the infamous race row back in 2007 when she joined in and said horrific comments to Shilpa Shetty. However it was during her interview with Davina where she insisted she wasn't racist."Looking at it like that [the clips of her behaviour towards Shilpa in the house], it looks absolutely terrible and it didn't feel terrible in there. "I'm not a racist person at all. My cousin is married to an Indian man for one, and my cousins are half-Indian and their family is with me all the time."Riiight.

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Roxanne Pallett

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Winston McKenzie

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Lee Ryan

We still cringe over what went down with Lee Ryan. He was in the house and seemed head over heels for Jasmine Waltz but when she was evicted he moved on to Casey Batchelor. However no one was prepared for when Jasmine re-entered the house and confronted him during a task and we'll never forget when Casey's mum told her Lee was "mugging her off".

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Christopher Biggins

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Ken Morley

Ken Morley was another contestant who was removed from the house but this time it was for saying the N-word to housemate Alexander O'Neal.

Davina then went on to explain "We haven’t talked about Brian presenting as this is the Channel 4 years as you have probably noticed. He presented on Channel 5.

"We had Emma and Dermot on as they both worked on Channel 4 Big Brother. We love (Brian Dowling). A lot. We showed him in Big Brother 2."

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Brian, who not only won the second series of the show, as well as Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, and also presented two series of the show when it moved to Channel 5 in 2011, has since responded to Davina’s tweets.

He explained that he actually found out he had been "fired and replaced" from his presenting role by reading about it in the 'papers before going to claim, "And it took the production company a further four weeks to confirm that, without a single thank you or apology, phone call, text, email or even a bunch of flowers or a single question asking how I was."

The TV presenter went on to add, "My whole time on the show as the host was tainted by how I was treated and it still affects me today.

"The same production company asked if I wanted to film a 10 second message on my phone saying 'hello' to you and Rylan. Surprisingly I didn't really feel like doing that."

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