“Jade was going into that house as the nation’s sweetheart,” Davina recalls in a new Channel 4 documentary, which airs later this week. “We were excited about that. And I couldn’t wait to see what she brought. But I remember almost immediately thinking this is a bad combo.
“It’s like three British young girls [Jade, model Danielle Lloyd and S Club 7 singer Jo O’Meara] all coming together, and then forming a gang basically. It started to be bullying and I was like ‘man you are careering off the tracks you are so going in the wrong direction’.”
By the time Jade was evicted from CBB, she’d become the subject of national debates about whether her treatment of Shilpa – which included referring to her behind her back as “Shilpa poppadom” – was racist, with conversations even going on in the House Of Commons.
When Jade left the house, no eviction crowd had been invited to attend, with the reality star leaving to almost complete silence, where she was met by Davina.
The former Big Brother host continues: “I remember thinking ‘Oh my God what’s happened?’ How it can all turn in a nanosecond? She’s now become the most hated girl in Britain.
“It was a bit like knowing you’re about to ruin someone’s life forever, but they don’t know it yet.”
Dermot O’Leary, who hosted spin-off series Big Brother’s Little Brother, adds: “It was absolutely insane, the story just got so big so quickly. I remember seeing… guys burning effigies of Jade in India and I thought this shit has got absolutely out of hand.
“The incendiary nature of the whole thing made us really quite worried about her... at the same time it would have been remiss of me in my job not to hold her to account. Yeah, it was difficult.”
Jade’s career took a nosedive following her stint in Celebrity Big Brother, but eventually accepted a place on the Indian version of the show, presented by Shilpa Shetty, in August 2008.
This is where Jade discovered that she had been diagnosed with cancer, quitting the show immediately to pursue treatment. Jade died less than a year later, at the age of 27.
Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain airs on Wednesday night at 9pm on Channel 4.
When it was windy outside, Ernest Gregory used to sit in his Nottingham home and watch the draught blowing the curtains, even though the windows were shut.“Some nights in winters, we’d put the heating right up,” the 78-year-old says. “But we’d still put our coats on just to stay warm.”
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This dramatic footage of a vehicle on the wrong side of the road near an RAF base has prompted police discussions at the "highest level" in light of the death of Harry Dunn in a separate incident nearby. The video, reported to Northamptonshire Police on Saturday, shows a blue BMW having to brake sharply on a country road near RAF Croughton. A force spokesman said Chief Constable Nick Adderley had personally taken control of the incident "in light of the ongoing investigation in Northamptonshire".
Sainsbury's has been crowned the cheapest supermarket of 2019, beating rivals Tesco, Morrison’s and Asda – but shoppers aren’t all convinced.The accolade was announced by consumer group Which? after its experts compared thousands of branded grocery prices across six major shops: Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Ocado and Waitrose.
What delights will be laid on for a joyful nation at the forthcoming Festival of Brexit?A blue passport on the fourth plinth, dog shows in abandoned libraries, a Wetherspoon literary prize? We can but hope
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to support its work in Libya, where it is providing military support to the internationally recognised government, if it wants to end the conflict there. Erdogan made his remarks in a column published on the Politico website on Saturday, ahead of a summit in Berlin on Sunday that will try to stabilise the country. At the meeting, Germany and the United Nations will push rival Libyan camps fighting over the capital, Tripoli, to agree to a truce and monitoring mechanism as first steps towards peace, diplomats and a draft communique said.
New disaster series COBRA opened with a mayday call and a pilot in distress as a plane lost control over the UK. The resulting crash is just one of the devastating effects of a space weather phenomenon - a severe geomagnetic storm caused by a huge solar flare, which wipes out power and shuts communications down across the country. What is a solar flare?
Test Test Test Test Test Test Test Test Stacey Solomon was overcome with pride as seven-month-old Rex has started to crawl - but then revealed his first word was "Dada."The Loose Women panellist has been sharing updates about her youngest child on Instagram, revealing that he's now showing signs he's ready to crawl.
The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria has said he will no longer be voicing the character of Apu, following years of controversy and accusations of racism.Azaria lends his voice to numerous characters in the long-running show, including Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy.However it appears his time as Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is over. View this post on Instagram It's vegetarian day!⠀ Are you a Lisa or a Homer? ⠀ TheSimpsons WorldVegetarianDay A post shared by The Simpsons (@thesimpsons) on Oct 1, 2019 at 1:58pm PDTHe told Slashfilm: "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's some way to transition it or something."We all made the decision together... We all agreed on it. We all feel like it's the right thing and good about it."Apu is an Indian immigrant who owns and manages a convenience store.Known for his catchphrase "thank you, come again," he first appeared in The Simpsons's first season in the episode The Telltale Head.The character has been dogged for years by allegations of racism. Azaria is white.The controversy intensified in 2017 following the documentary The Problem With Apu, written by and starring comedian Hari Kondabolu.He argued the character was a problematic stereotype of South Asians.The Simpsons writers addressed the issue but were accused of making the problem worse.During a 2018 episode, Marge was reading a novel that had been adapted for modern audiences to make it less offensive.The scene ended with Lisa turning to the camera and saying: "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?"She then looked at a picture of Apu on her bedside table that was inscribed with Bart's catchphrase, "don't have a cow".Marge added, "some things will be dealt with at a later date," while Lisa replied "If at all".