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Former BBC man Andy West hints he's relived to be out as he finishes fourth in Big Brother

By Rebecca Black

Former BBC Northern Ireland journalist Andy West finished fourth in this year's Big Brother last night.

He admitted he had surpassed his own expectations in the Channel 5 reality show by surviving to the final stage after being nominated for eviction numerous times.

Mr West also hinted he was relieved to be out of the compound, telling host Emma Willis in his post-eviction interview: "Finally - I have been trying to sit here for weeks."

The show was won in the end by Mr West's friend, Jason Burrill, despite audible boos form the crowd, with Hughie Maughan coming second.

The pair embraced and shook hands as Burrill looked visibly shocked to have won.

Maughan picked up Willis and swung her around after he kissed fellow housemate Ryan Ruckledge as he left the Big Brother pad.

Burrill paid tribute to the support he received from Mr West

"Andy was a massive part," he said. "It was a game of two halves. Andy had the first three weeks as a struggle, and then he came out of his shell. It reversed roles a bit. I will never forget that."

Mr West (34), who is openly gay, hit the headlines last year when he was suspended by the BBC for saying he felt "ashamed" to work there after they refused to axe Tyson Fury from the Sports Personality shortlist over the boxer's allegedly homophobic views. He went on to resign from the corporation.

His Big Brother experience was eventful, and he became engaged to his partner, Ed Hutton, during the series.

After being evicted from the house, Mr West bounded down the stairs to greet his previously evicted housemates and pose for photographers.

He said he felt others in the house had "got him wrong", but that over the weeks they had gotten to know him properly.

Asked about why some housemates initially thought he was manipulative, he replied: "I think if someone is quiet and thinks before they do things, it can come across like that.

"I don't think there was any evidence of that ... the house is so intense, there had to be an enemy, someone they don't like, and that was me."

Mr West claimed some of the housemates regarded him as intelligent as Albert Einstein, and he added that he had been "a little better educated" than some of his fellow contestants.

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