Lewis Flanagan says he's received death threats after leaving Big Brother.
Lewis was removed from the house days before the final with "immediate effect."
A spokesperson for Big Brother said of his exit at the time: "Lewis has been removed from the Big Brother House for unacceptable language that contravenes the rules. Lewis has left the House with immediate effect."
While Big Brother never aired the events leading up to his exit, Lewis himself did speak out to reveal what was said.
He explained: "I was talking to Cameron about getting him some outfits and I said the word ‘Auschwitz’ instead of outfits by mistake. It was a slip of the tongue and and then I tried to mock Hitler and did an impression of him saying ‘Kill the Jews’.
“It was an impression not a statement of my beliefs at all - and has come out completely wrong and I’m devastated. I am not anti-Semitic, I am agnostic. I love all people."
Now, two weeks after the final, Lewis says he has found life outside the house "tough".
"I didn’t go on Big Brother for the fame or the blue tick I went on there to tackle my mental health issues and my anxiety," Lewis said in an interview with The Sun newspaper. “But since leaving the house in the way I did it’s been very tough for me. I’ve had death threats, people telling me to kill myself.
“I didn’t enjoy the experience of being in the house, I hated it – I went there for the challenge but I broke, I had panic attacks, I wanted to leave, it was horrible for me.”
Lewis previously took to Instagram to say sorry to his fans after being kicked out.
He said: "It was a slip of the tongue, it cost me. If anyone wants to change their perspective over me over one comment then you do that. you're free to. If you want to forget about the good in me and look for that one comment, that one slip of the tongue then that's fine. You're entitled to take me, to f**king whatever...
"At the end of the day, since I've come out, all I've wanted to do is just to say what I said. Channel 5 didn't want to release it. I respect their decision. Channel 5 have my best interests at heart. "
Lewis, who had been the favourite to win the competition, added: "Us as humans we make mistakes. All we can do is just identify the mistake, apologise for it and try not let it happen again."
It was Cameron Cole who ultimately won Big Brother 2018, taking home the £100,000 prize. The show will not be back on Channel 5 in 2019.