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Ryan Thomas wins 'Celebrity Big Brother' 2018: Former 'Corrie' star thanks fans and talks 'punchgate'

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Ryan Thomas has been crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother summer 2018. The former Coronation Street actor appeared visibly shaken and overwhelmed at he left the house to a crowd of cheers.

A close to tears Thomas revealed to CBB host Emma Willis that he ‘had no words’ but then gushed:

“I don’t know what to say! I’ve acted all day like I’m not bothered…but it’s got the better of us…now winning…I am completely overwhelmed…I can’t thank you all enough!” he said.


He was then played the now infamous ‘punch’ allegation scene and the aftermath of Roxanne Pallett’s false claims against him. Breaking down in tears he said:

“It was totally unexpected. It was a sign of affection that I’ve used on Gabby and the boys and unexpected because there was nothing malicious in it.

“As it unravelled, became bigger and bigger, what scared me the most was when Ben told me that she couldn’t stay in the same room as me because she was scared,” he said.

CBB winner 2018 Ryan Thomas is hugged by host Emma Willis. (PA Images)

Thomas went on to say he feared a ‘call from the police’ and that ‘I”m glad that we had 24-hour surveillance because the truth was shown.’

Remarkably, he seemed open to eventually forgiving shamed Roxanne Pallett and said:

“If she wants forgiveness and it makes her feel better I would rather give her that because I think she’s been punished more than enough.”

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6th place: Gabby Allen

As Gabby Allen left the house she said ‘she was nervous’ after hearing a round of boos but host Emma Willis reassured her that she came across as a ‘lovely girl’ while on the show.

Willis addressed the affair rumours with fellow married contestant Dan Osborne. Allen admitted at first that they felt ‘very awkward’ but that now she considers him a ‘good friend.’


Ben Jardine had asked Gabby Allen on a date night before via a video message. Allen addressed him in the audience and said “I think he has a few things to sort out first then he should come back to me!”

She concluded her interview by predicting that Ryan Thomas would win the series: “I think we all think Ryan deserves to win!” she told Willis.

5th place: Sally Morgan

Psychic Sally Morgan was met with a barrage of boos as she left the house. She’d predicted that she’d finish in third place: “Numbers aren’t my thing!” she joked.

Willis confirmed that Morgan get one prediction right – that a woman would walk before the show began. When indeed American adult film star and President Trump’s rumoured former mistress Stormy Daniels did refuse to go into Celebrity Big Brother hours before the show launched.


However, a clip of all of Morgan’s predictions while in the house were played, the majority of which she got completely wrong. This included her predicting that Hardeep Singh Kohli would be the first voted out, when he went on to survive a total of three nominations and Natalie Nunn was the first contestant to be evicted.

Morgan was shown the Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas ‘punching incident’ for which Morgan claimed she was ‘asleep’ during. When she was shown the clip she said ‘I didn’t see that’ despite Willis pointing out ‘You were right there.’

Morgan went on to explain that she hadn’t noticed it because it seemed so uneventful. ‘She should have never ever said that about him!’ she exclaimed regarding Pallett’s claims.

4the place: Nick Leeson

Real life Rogue Trader and shamed former banker Nick Leeson finished in 4th place. Receiving a loud round of cheers as he exited the house Leeson said he was ‘amazed and astonished’ at the positive audience response because ‘I broke a bank!’

Agreeing with Willis that his time spent in the house was testament that it is possible to change one’s life around for the better, he also said that his experience in the CBB house was ‘worse than prison.’


A teary eyed Leeson said the house had made him appreciate the good things in his life and that “I need to show more to my wife and family!”

Leeson said Ryan Thomas was ‘already a winner,’ Kirstie Alley was ‘great’ but that Dan Osborne ‘had the most to gain’ from winning the series.

3rd place: Dan Osborne

Former TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) and rumoured one-time love interest of Gabbly Allen, Dan Osborne, finished in 3rd place.

Looking over the moon as he left the house to cheers, he said he was just so happy ‘I didn’t get voted out first!’

And he was even more ecstatic to find out that he was the only CBB contestant this series to receive zero nominations. ‘I want to do it again now!’ he exclaimed.

Osborne said the ‘lads’ in the house had wound him up about the rumoured affair with fellow contestant Gabby Allen.

“I didn’t want people to believe the rubbish. She’s a great girl,” he told Willis.


2nd place: Kirstie Alley

Cheers and Look Who’s Talking actress star Kirstie Alley took home the prestigious title of 2nd place. The official 2018 Celebrity Big Brother runner-up she left the house to a huge round of cheers.

A tearful Alley was handed a cocktail by Willis because ‘she is Hollywood royalty.’


Wearing Sally Morgan’s dress she expressed her astonishment at making it to second place: “Do you think I’d have worn this beach dress if I’d known I’d get this far?! Sally had to give it to me!” she said.

Alley said her favourite new British words were ‘Hey up!’ and ‘bog roll.’

Willis said she loved all of Alley’s funny Hollywood stories including her wanting to have an affair with both Patrick Swayze and John Travolta as well as getting pranked by Woody Harrelson.

“I will take so many stories from this show to share with my friends and children!” Alley said.

1st place: Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas has won this summer’s Celebrity Big Brother. The former Corrie actor looked completely overwhelmed as he left the house to a huge applause.

“I have no words! I don’t know what to say! I’ve acted all day like I’m not bothered…but it’s got the better of us…now winning…I am completely overwhelmed…I can’t thank you all enough!” he told Willis.

Ryan Thomas looked completely overwhelmed as he left the Celebrity Big Brother house Monday night as the series winner. (PA Images)

He laughed as Willis told him that he’d beaten both of his brothers who’d competed but not won Love Island and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! respectively.

Why did he think he won the show? “It’s very hard to judge on the reason for me being here now…we are all winners…genuine normal people…I hope that’s one of the facts that’s come into play. I am a normal boy, you see me as the status of celebrity, but that’s not who we really are,” he continued.

A close to tears Thomas was then played the footage that showed Roxanne Pallett’s infamous ‘punch’ allegations.

“It was totally unexpected. It was a sign of affection that I’ve used on Gabby and the boys and unexpected because there was nothing in it. As it unravelled, became bigger and bigger, what scared me the most was when Ben told me that she couldn’t stay in the same room as me because she was scared.


That rang alarm bells for me…I was scared and lonely…your trust is in a different place. The one thing I held tight to was Sally, she was motherly from the start and if it wasn’t for her…we all know how much something like that can stick on a man. This was done in the wrong way – I just wanted out! I thought I was going to get a call from the police soon. That’s not me. I’m glad that we had 24 hour surveillance on us because the truth was shown.” he said.

Could he  ever forgive Roxanne Pallett?

“For me I have the best network of family and friends…my brothers are my life…if this perosn has an issue or a misunderstanding who am I to sit there and judge?

“If she wants forgiveness and it makes her feel better I would rather give her that because I think she’s been punished more than enough,” he said.

Emma Willis concluded that ‘No one has ever deserved to win this show more than you.’


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