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Davina McCall IS Big Brother

Davina McCall

Well, what do you know? Grown men, reduced to tears for the second time since E.T. the Extra Terrestrial!

Of course we're referring to Davina McCall's farewell tribute film, shown at the end of 'Big Brother: The Final Hour' last night, the last-ever footage of Big Brother UK on Channel 4.

The bit that got us was the clip of Davina at the Big Brother 5 Launch, saying to camera: "It's good to be back". It came to mind that after tens years hosting the show, she won't ever be saying that again, which was an incredibly profound moment.

Davina has taken plenty of flak over the years; for not thinking on her feet enough during interviews, for not asking evictees the really difficult questions, for being almost too excitable and even for shouting too much as a result of that excitement.

Here at BBO, we admit that we've bought into the criticism at times, and we freely admit that we didn't enjoy Davina's captaincy of 'Big Mouth' in recent years.

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So, along with many other fans, prior to last night's Ultimate Big Brother Finale we'd been thinking about who could replace the 42-year-old brunette if the show was to move to another Channel, as per the rumours.

However – and feel free to call us sycophants (hypocrites, even) if you wish – The Final Hour VT made us realise that for all her faults, Davina McCall IS Big Brother.

There is no other, and no-one could possibly replace her.

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