‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Crowned A Winner After A Shocking Upset

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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Crowned A Winner After A Shocking Upset
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Celebrity Big Brother ended its third season with a seriously shocking finale. One houseguest's actions had the entire jury in an uproar—but they still found time to choose a winner.

This season's cast had some major star power, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey, former NBA player Lamar Odom, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley. All 11 houseguests were swept up in the alliances, the betrayal, and the voting for weeks—and fans are still talking about that brutal final elimination.

Relive all of the action (and find out who went home) right here:

Warning! Spoilers ahead: Stop reading here if you don't want to know what happens on Celebrity Big Brother season 3!

Who Won Celebrity Big Brother?

After a finale that included a huge upset (more on that in a sec), former UFC champion Miesha Tate, 35, emerged as the winner of season 3 and the $250,000 prize. After Miesha returned to HOH status again, she chose to bring Todrick Hall, 36, to the final two over Cynthia Bailey, 55.

The jury included all of the contestants besides Chris Kattan, who eliminated himself and couldn't vote, per Us Weekly. In a 7-1 vote, the jury decided to crown Miesha over Todrick, mostly because of Todrick's gameplay. For what it's worth, Todrick also canceled all interviews after his loss, according to Page Six.

Carson Kressley also won $25,000 after being crowned America's Favorite Houseguest. Twitter was abuzz with fans (and Celebrity Big Brother stars) chatting about the episode. Chris Kirkpatrick posted a reunion selfie:

Meanwhile, there was plenty of support for Miesha's win. "Not gonna lie, Miesha Tate played the hell out of Celebrity Big Brother," one fan Tweeted. "That lady was a beast. She went and won that game like a true champ. 💪🏾."

And, Miesha offered her own take on Todrick's strategy. “Todrick, I think, played a very heavy social game, so a lot of celebrities in his house didn’t really understand how the game could be played,” she told Us Weekly. “This is not real life. We are playing a game. There are no rules and you are allowed to socially experiment and go to whatever lengths you want to win this game.”

As for her own win: "I am overwhelmed right now. I’m flooded with emotion and I can’t believe that this is real."

Eviction 8: Todd Bridges

Photo credit: Jerod Harris - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jerod Harris - Getty Images

With Miesha Tate in possession of the Veto power, it was Todd Bridges' turn to leave the house. Miesha picked Todd over Cynthia, but all Todd could talk about was how shocked he was by Todrick's behavior on the show.

"I’m just upset how I let him convince me," he told Us Weekly. "I knew in my instinct that I couldn’t trust him, but I let my guard down. I guess I let my guard [down] because of Miesha, but now I know both of them, I can’t trust neither one."

“Todrick was amazing at convincing us of–excuse my language–bulls–t," Todd added. "He was amazing at that. I never met a better bulls–t artist than him.” And apparently, Todd wasn't the only evicted houseguest who felt this way. "No one likes the way he played the game. It’s OK to play to win, but not to play evil to win. That’s just not a good way to play," he said.

At the end of the day, Todd said he would have played the game differently, if given another chance. But he also knew it was his time to go. "It was still getting tough. For me, my mental health is worth a lot more than any money I can make. It’s just not worth it. Keep my mental health safe," he said.

Eviction 7: Lamar Odom

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images

Next, Todrick Hall found himself with all the power—so he evicted former NBA player Lamar Odom, 42. "Cynthia I think this house would not be the same without you in it. Unfortunately Lamar, I have to vote to evict you," Todrick explained.

Lamar said he saw his eviction coming: "I felt like maybe he thought I was more of a threat than Cynthia, so I took it as a compliment at the end of the day," he told Entertainment Weekly. "At that point in the game, everybody could taste victory and, obviously, is willing to do whatever it takes to win."

But unlike Carson, Lamar said he was happy with the way he played this season. "All I can just do is be a real dude. I just played. I just thought I played it the best way I could and whatever way made me comfortable," he shared.

And, he offered up his own prediction about his co-star's fate on the show. "My grandmother always told me to remain humble, and I think my friend Todrick is going to suffer a little bit after coming out of the house 'cause of his inability to remain humble in pressure times," Lamar said. (Interesting...)

Eviction 6: Carson Kressley

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy's Carson Kressley, 52, was voted out shortly after Shanna. But for all his strategy, Carson told Us Weekly he now feels terrible about her eviction. “I feel terrible about it and I’m literally trying to figure out how I should apologize," he said. "I will apologize a thousand times."

Otherwise, Carson said he didn't have too many regrets about how his time in the house played out. "At the end of the day, I’ll have an amazing friendship with Cynthia Bailey, who is a spectacular person. That is just a gift," he explained.

"And the only regret I have is not being smart enough and getting rid of Shanna when I shouldn’t have, and that was completely my fault."

Eviction 5: Shanna Moakler

Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, 46, was the next to leave. HOH Carson Kressley (who Shanna had just saved last week) flipped on his ally and, with Cynthia Bailey's help, sent her packing.

Shanna felt confused and betrayed. "I even said to Cynthia, the night before, when we were in a really good place, I was like, 'I really feel like they're gonna come to you and try to ruin our alliance and our trust,'" she told Entertainment Weekly. "And I was like, 'If that happens, if they come to you, if they say anything to you, please just come and talk to me first. At least give me that.' And they didn't."

She added that Miesha Tate's ten-day HOH reign made things extra difficult in the house. "She was able to be Head of Household for a longer than normal period of time in the very, very beginning as we settled in. And that kind of set the tone for the house and made it almost impossible to break that power that she created in the very beginning," Shanna said.

But, she also can't wait to catch up with her new friends from this season. "I think I made really good friends in Teddi and Chris Kirkpatrick. I thought Chris Kattan was absolutely hysterical. What a lovely man. And Todd was really, really cool. So I would love to have a dinner one night with my Big Brother crew."

Eviction 4: Chris Kirkpatrick

Later that same episode, HOH Miesha Tate nominated Carson Kressley and Cynthia Bailey for eviction. But after Chris Kirkpatrick, 50, convinced Shanna Moakler to use her Veto on Carson, his ally Miesha turned and nominated him instead (ouch).

"I had to save Carson because I love Carson to death," Chris told Us Weekly. "I’m like, 'I’d rather go home than have Carson leave this house because obviously he’s better at the memory comps.' And I knew as they went on, they’d be more like those type of memory comps."

As for his pick for this season's winner? "By far, I’m rooting for Shanna, obviously. Shanna’s my No. 1. It’s really tough [for] No. 2 because it would either be Carson or Miesha," Chris explained. (Interesting...)

“Eviction” 3: Chris Kattan

Fans were shocked when houseguest Chris Kattan, 51, voluntarily left the show on Feb. 11. before evictions even took place. Chris explained that the decision wasn't easy: “At some point, it just became hard not to talk to family," he told Us Weekly. "And for me, it became hard to be disconnected to the outside world. I don’t think I was so ready [or] realized what that felt like when you have cameras on you 24/7."

"That’s really it. I didn’t realize how much I missed my family and friends and my loved ones and girlfriend," he added.

Eviction 2: Mirai Nagasu

This time around, HOH Chris Kirkpatrick nominated Mirai Nagasu and Chris Kattan for elimination. The 28-year-old Olympic figure skater was unanimously voted out, even after Chris gave a moving speech asking the other contestants to evict him instead. Mirai addressed her fellow houseguests before leaving:

"I never grew up watching people who look like me," she said. "And it has been so difficult for me because you are all so much older. But I have done my best. I know I am emotional which is why I'm a great skater."

While sitting down with host Julie Chen, the bronze medalist opened up about feeling lonely in the house. "It was really lonely for me in there and I didn't relate to anyone," Mirai said. "I've never been the only Asian-American in a room and that is something that I will have to endure. I've always been surrounded and that was really hard for me."

"Well, I have been the only Asian-American in the room," Julie responded. "I'm a little bit older."

Fans on Twitter were more than confused by Mirai's exit: "How did everyone decide Mirai was such a threat?" one user asked. "What did Mirai do?" someone else wanted to know. (TBH, I'm still wondering...)

Eviction 1: Teddi Mellencamp

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum was voted out 5-3 over actor Todd Bridges. Per Us Weekly, it wasn't exactly supposed to go this way. That's because the Head of Household, Miesha Tate, had originally nominated Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu and Carson Kressley for elimination. But when Carson won the Veto competition, Miesha put Teddi up as the replacement nominee.

During an interview with host Julie Chen Moonves, Teddi, 40, shared that she was "most betrayed" by Todrick Hall.

"I feel most betrayed by Todrick, because he was originally in my alliance, holding my hand at night saying 'We're gonna do this! We're gonna do this!', while forming a completely different alliance and conspiring against me," she shared.

She also told Us Weekly, "I didn’t realize, but I guess our relationship was never actually real because from the very get-go, even when we formed our alliance, he had already been telling people in my alliance that he didn’t want me in there," the reality star says. "So, I guess whatever relationship I thought we had was false to him."

"I would have fought so hard to stay in, had I been given the opportunity. I mean, I personally would have given somebody a fair fight," Teddi added. "It is super frustrating and I trusted Miesha."

Teddi also posted her super sweet reunion with her daughter Dove on Instagram.

"That’s just my baby Dovey. Thanks to everyone who watched me play the game of Celebrity Big Brother. Being voted out for being considered a threat isn’t so bad. I can say this for sure, I am so appreciative to be home and will never take for granted how incredible my life is. I missed my family and friends more than I ever could have imagined. #cbb3," she captioned the video.

When Is Celebrity Big Brother on?

If you're looking to catch the next episode live, here's a rundown of the schedule:

Week 1:
Episode 1 – Wednesday, February 2, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 2 – Thursday, February 3, 9-10 p.m. EST
Episode 3 – Friday, February 4, 8-10 p.m. EST

Week 2:
Episode 4 – Sunday, February 6, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 5 – Monday, February 7, 9-10 p.m. EST
Episode 6 – Wednesday, February 9, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 7 on Friday, February 11, 8-10 p.m. EST

Week 3:
Episode 8 – Sunday, February 13, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 9 – Monday, February 14, 9-10 p.m. EST
Episode 10 – Wednesday, February 16, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 11 – Friday, February 18, 8-10 p.m. EST
Episode 12 – Saturday, February 19, 8-9 p.m. EST

Week 4:
Episode 13 – Sunday, February 20, 8-9 p.m. EST
Episode 14 – Monday, February 21, 9-11 p.m. EST
Finale – Wednesday, February 23, 8-9 p.m. EST

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