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Gary Busey crowned CBB winner

American actor Gary Busey has been crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother.

The eccentric Hollywood star, who was the bookies' favourite to win the show, beat Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison to the title after receiving the most votes from the public.

As he emerged from the Big Brother house to cheers from the crowd, Busey told host Emma Willis: "I know why the word 'Great' is in front of Britain."

Busey, who is the first American to win the UK version of the show, said: "It's a feeling of surprise and honour and a tribute to my love for this country."

The Lethal Weapon star and former Oscar nominee, who clashed with a number of his famous housemates, said he had no idea what to expect from the show.

He said: "When you've been around the sun 70 times - that's how old I am - you've got a new knowledge of life and a new knowledge of humour, you learn to respect the youth."

He added: "When I got back home I'm a changed man.

"I didn't think I was selfish. I didn't think I was lazy. I didn't think I was insecure. I didn't I had fear.

"This show showed me things about myself that you need to change brother."

Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan was voted third, while Gogglebox star George Gilbey finished fourth.

Deirdre "White Dee" Kelly, who found fame on the reality series Benefits Street, was fifth and B*Witched singer Edele Lynch was sixth.

Following his eviction, Harrison said: " It's been a great show for me, reintroducing me to the public.

"My strategy was to be true to myself and be a nice guy."

Asked about his rivalry with Harrison, Jordan said: "Audley has a big attitude. The way he speaks to be speaks to people, he demands people go and do this and go and do that.

"If someone speaks to me in a bad way, I'll come back 10 times harder. I'm not scared of him.

"He's a boxing champion, what's the worst he can do to me, knock me out? And? I've been knocked out before."

Gilbey, one of the armchair critics on the Channel 4 series Gogglebox, was questioned by Willis about his final night romance with Irish star Lynch.

"Edele is lovely," he said.

"We had a few drinks and we went to bed.

"We've been cuddle buddies."

He added: "When I was in there it felt like so long. Now it feels like 10 minutes...the reaction was superb."

Following her eviction, White Dee said: "It was definitely as terrifying as I thought it would be and more emotional than I thought it would be."

Asked what she planned to do now the show had finished, she replied: "I've got to go and see the kids - I'm a mum first and foremost - then I'll give David Cameron a run for his money!"

Lynch, who had reportedly recently split from her husband before entering the house, said: "I went in there and I was so broken and it was such a tough time for me in the early days.

"I suspected just to break completely and I did a couple of times. It was really tough. Being away from my twin - just not to have her."

Contestants who failed to make the final included Geordie Shore star Ricci Guarnaccio, Lauren Goodger from The Only Way Is Essex, boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who was formerly known as Frank before undergoing hormone therapy shortly before the show started, American reality TV star Stephanie Pratt, Gladiator David McIntosh, US actor Leslie Jordan and reality television personality Angelique "Frenchy" Morgan.

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