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Top 5 tantrums, rows and walkouts that rocked Celebrity Big Brother

Published 05/02/2016 | 08:37

Megan McKenna has a meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother
Megan McKenna has a meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother

Celebrity Big Brother launched in January with 16 stars, the most housemates since the show began in 2001.

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This series will be remembered as one of the most fractious, with tempers fraying on a near daily basis and three voluntary exits.

Jonathan Cheban, American businessman and friend of Kim Kardashian West, walked out after a week citing fears for his "mental stability".

Illness forced both David Gest, ex-husband of Liza Minnelli, and Angie Bowie, the former wife of late rock star David Bowie, to quit.

The final sees bookies' favourite Tiffany Pollard, a US reality TV star, fight for the Celebrity Big Brother crown alongside Geordie Shore's Scotty T and musical theatre's Darren Day.

Ex-soap actors Danniella Westbrook, Stephanie Davis and John Partridge round off the finalists.

As the clock ticks down on the series, here are five of its biggest talking points.

1. David Bowie and David Gest farce

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Ms Bowie was told off-screen about the death of her former spouse from cancer.

Initially she decided to keep the news quiet, but the 66-year-old confided in Pollard: "You've got to do me a favour," she said. "You can't say a word. David's dead."

The US reality star screamed and the house descended into chaos.

Pollard mistakenly believed the "David" who had died was fellow housemate Gest, as he had been feeling unwell, rather than the Life On Mars singer.

Ms Bowie had to clarify: "Not that David," she said. "My ex-husband."

2. The love triangle

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Ex-Hollyoaks star Davis has developed feelings for former Mr Ireland finalist Jeremy McConnell, despite having boyfriend Sam Reece outside the house.

Viewers watched as the enamoured couple shared hugs and kisses and exchanged endearments. They even got intimate beneath the covers, although both denied full sexual intercourse took place.

When McConnell was announced as the sixth person to be evicted, he gave her his locket. Davis reiterated her professions of love.

Since his departure from the Channel 5 reality series, the Irishman has met her father.

3. Winston McKenzie sparked complaints

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The former Ukip spokesman was the first to be evicted after a stay of only four days.

However, during that time, he received a warning from Big Brother on the subject of unacceptable language and behaviour regarding his manner towards the women in the house.

Later, in the middle of a task, McKenzie admitted describing adoption by gay couples as "child abuse".

The former boxer was booed by the crowd as he entered and exited the house.

His comments sparked more than 400 complaints to Ofcom.

4. Megan McKenna lost it

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Celebrity Big Brother's shopping task, which divided the housemates into puppets and puppet masters, infuriated Ex On The Beach's McKenna.

The 23-year-old had been tasked to living life as a puppet on basic rations. She ended up shouting and ranting in the diary room after a day of being fed food such as a preserved century egg, Spam and instant mash.

"It's not fair, this is not a game!" she cried. "I'm actually hungry. I can't eat that disgusting s***! I ate the century egg for the team. It's not fair!"

McKenna's meltdown turned physical and show producers had to call on security to restrain her.

The reality TV cast member did not impress Big Brother - she was given a formal warning for her unacceptable behaviour.

5. Strictly the patter of tiny feet

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Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff announced her pregnancy inside the Big Brother house.

The Russian-born dancer, who was almost three months pregnant at the time, said: "My boyfriend and I are going to have a little one."

Rihanoff is in a relationship with former rugby player Ben Cohen. This is their first child together.

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