Ann Widdecombe says her Celebrity Big Brother stint was a "triumph of free speech"


Ann Widdecombe says she has no regrets about appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

It was Aussie drag artist Shane Jenek / Courtney Act who won Celebrity Big Brother 2018 this month, beating Ann in the final vote.


Despite not claiming victory, Ann still feels a winner after Celebrity Big Brother.

"It was a triumph of free speech," she said this weekend. "I'm not sure the viewers necessarily agreed with my opinions, but they felt I was entitled to air them, which is hugely reassuring in these days of snowflakeism when everyone's tripping over themselves to take offence."

Taking a aim at winner Shane J, Ann told The Telegraph: "Shane was tiresomely one-dimensional. All he ever wanted to talk about was being gay and gay rights.

"I have nothing against gay people at all, I just believe marriage, by definition, is between a man and a woman."

Ann went on: "The producers kept their word, and there were some more heavyweight characters (as housemates) with whom I could have good conversations.

"But, by the end of every evening, once the drinking started, it descended into the usual morass of swearing and sexual innuendo. That's why I would peel off early and went to bed."


As for future TV plans, Ann revealed: "I'd love to be chair of Countdown or present Songs of Praise.

"I've also spoken to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! regularly, but I have a terrible fear of heights that has proven to be an insurmountable barrier on both sides."

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