Saturday 17 March 2018

The 2016 winner of Celebrity Big Brother is...

Ex on the beach star, Stephen Bear

Stephen Bear is one of the CBB contestants (Channel 5/PA)
Stephen Bear is one of the CBB contestants (Channel 5/PA)

Reality TV star Stephen Bear has been crowned as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2016.

The 26-year-old from Walthamstow beat former EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood to become the winner of the second series of the Channel 5 show this year.

The Ex On The Beach star jumped across the kitchen table and ran around the house screaming on hearing he had won.

Mob Wives star Renee Graziano came third, with Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson in fourth place. Fifth place went to Danity Kane singer Aubrey O'Day, while YouTube personality and Broadway star Frankie Grande came in sixth place.

Stephen Bear has won CBB 2016
Stephen Bear has won CBB 2016

This series has not been short of controversies including the removal of housemate Christopher Biggins over offensive comments, and complaints to media watchdog Ofcom about frequent nudity and scenes of sexual content between Bear and axed contestant Chloe Khan, as well as between Simpson and evicted Towie star Lewis Bloor.

Bear has also been at the centre of bullying complaints, and recent days have seen Channel 5 accused of "fixing" the show after it chose not to air some incidents involving him, including scenes of him injuring Samantha Fox's eye during a prank.

He made further headlines when his girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg entered the Celebrity Big Brother house and broke up with him over his fling with Khan.

Gregg introduced herself to the house as Bear looked on shocked and she tearfully addressed him, saying: "This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, I just needed to see you... it's so surreal... I'm having to watch this from home.

"You had me with you until the car came to collect you; you left me with your family. You asked me to be there when you got home, I was supporting you 100%.

"The embarrassment and humiliation I've had... this is all one big game to you, it is a joke at my expense.''

Bear faced the public vote every week after receiving an eternal nomination from his fellow housemates, and clashed frequently in the house with O'Day and Graziano.

Tensions grew in the house when he threw custard pie in O'Day's face and clashed with Graziano over whether he was threatening her.

In the most recent fight, Graziano likened him to "the worst form of cancer" while she was speaking to O'Day.

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