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Davina back on Big Brother as Rylan marks his 300th BOTS

Spin-off special also featured several ex-housemates and Spice Girl Geri Horner
2 comments - Posted on June 23 2017 at 12:04am

Davina McCall makes her first appearance on Big Brother in seven years to congratulate Rylan Clark-Neal on his 300th episode of Bit On The Side

Former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall has made her first ever appearance on Channel 5’s version of the show, in a special edition of Bit On The Side marking Rylan Clark-Neal’s 300th episode as its frontman.

Rylan reached the milestone during tonight’s edition of the spin-off – which followed Rebecca’s eviction – and to celebrate, the production crew sprang a number of surprises on him throughout the live broadcast.

The first came when, during his weekly chat with main show host Emma Willis, she briefly hijacked presenting duties and introduced a compilation of congratulations from ex-housemates and his celebrity friends.

Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell congratulates Rylan Clark-Neal on 300 episodes of Big Brother's Bit On The Side

Famous faces that appeared included This Morning‘s Philip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, CBB stars Speidi and Tiffany Pollard and Rylan’s fellow X Factor contestants Lucy Spraggan and James Arthur.

There was even a message from Spice Girls member Geri Horner, who said: “Rylan, I love you! Congratulations, your 300th episode of BOTS. Now someone’s actually older than me! Big kiss!”

Emma then introduced Rylan’s husband, former ‘Secrets & Lies’ Dan Clark-Neal, who presented him with a book of his best bits.

Rylan Clark-Neal's husband Dan congratulates him on 300 episodes of Big Brother's Bit On The Side

Seemingly unaware that Dan had even been at the studio, he reacted: “I said to you, ‘they’ve not done anything, have they?’ He’s a liar!”

Later in the show, Celebs Go Dating receptionist Tom Read-Wilson introduced a procession of some of Rylan’s favourite ex-housemates.

Jon Tickle (BB4), Georgina Cantwell (BB17), Liam McGough (BB8), Jack and Joe Glenny (BB14), Eileen Daly (BB16) and Cristian MJC (BB16) were there – as well as BB9’s Kathreya Kasisopa, who brought a cake covered in her trademark cookies.

BB14 mother-daughter duo Charlie and Jackie Travers also appeared, the latter reprising her fan-favourite BOTS dance video.

Big Brother ex-housemates celebrate Rylan Clark-Neal's 300th episode hosting Bit On The Side

But the highlight came when Rylan reviewed the latest footage from the ‘BOTS Cam’ – and was interrupted by another video message, this time from Davina.

“Hey Rylan, it’s me! I’m in a bikini for you to say well done,” she said. “You are so brilliant on Big Brother’s Bit On the Side, and you are really passionate about it, which I think is the thing that everybody loves.

“You are clever, and really funny, and you can only be that funny when you’re really clever. You are passionate, and you are warm, and we love you.”

Having left Big Brother when it was dropped by Channel 4 in 2010, this marks the first time that Davina has appeared on the show in almost seven years.

She previously had a TV encounter with Rylan on This Morning in January, when she offered to fill in for him on BOTS if he entered the ‘All Stars’ house.

The special episode also featured the first TV reunion of BB8 couple Chanelle Hayes and Zac ‘Ziggy’ Lichman in almost a decade, and a live performance from Rylan’s close friend Katie Price, who sang her new single ‘I Got U’.

Rylan joined the BOTS team for the Secrets & Lies series in summer 2013, just six months after he won the preceding Celebrity Big Brother.



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2 comments on this article

  1. Brekkie says:
    Fri 23 Jun Reply !

    Just highlights how inward looking and arrogant the show has become. It’s supposed to be about the housemates, not the host.

  2. Northernmonkey says:
    Mon 26 Jun Reply !

    Never watch BOTS. Can’t be doing with it now.


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