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Davina McCall denies Brian Dowling was snubbed from Big Brother's anniversary show

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Davina McCall has insisted that Brian Dowling was invited to be a part of Big Brother's anniversary show.

Davina was joined by Rylan Clark-Neal for special series Big Brother: Best Shows Ever on E4 over the past two weeks.

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The pair were joined by Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis as well as a number of former housemates.

However Brian - who won both Big Brother and Ultimate Big Brother before hosting the show for two years - wasn't a part of the celebrations.

Taking to Twitter after the final episode aired, Davina assured fans that Brian was invited to appear.

"Just an FYI . We did ask @brianofficial to be part of the show. He was ultimate housemate!!!! That was a no brainer," she wrote.

Brian then replied to Davina explaining why he declined to take part.

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He wrote: "I found out from The Sun newspaper that I was being fired and replaced, and it took the production company a further 4 weeks to confirm that, without a single apology, phone call, text, email or even a bunch of flowers or a single question asking how I was.

"My whole time on the show was tainted by how I was treated and it still affects me today.

"The same production company asked if I wanted to film a 10 second message on my phone saying hello to you and Rylan. Surprisingly I didn't really feel like doing that."

Brian still appeared in flashbacks on the special series, with Rylan opening up about how watching him as a teenager was "a bit of a moment for me."

Rylan explained: "For me being 13, 14, thinking I was gay, knowing I was gay at that time, seeing someone like Brian who was an adult going through the same thing, it was a bit of a moment for me.

"Oh, it’s alright for him. Maybe being gay isn’t a bad thing. The amount of people who would say, 'I don’t like gay people but he seems funny.'

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"It’s things like that is the start of people changing their mind set."

Big Brother's Best Shows Ever is available to watch online via All 4.