Ryan Thomas has admitted he would ‘forgive’ Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett, as he was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018.
The 34-year-old Coronation Street star admitted that he thought the star had ‘been punished by the public enough,’ after she accused him of ‘punching’ her in a playful exchange.
Ryan beat out beat out finalists Kirstie Alley, Gabby Allen, Dan Osborne, Nick Leeson and Sally Morgan to be crowned champion, and was greeted by a thunderous reception from crowds outside the Elstree house and watching at home, who rushed to Twitter to praise his gracious response to the incident.
Jovial: The star appeared in shock as he left the house to thunderous cheers and fireworks from fans, and went onto finally see the fallout of the ‘punch’ incident
In a candid interview with host Emma Willis, Ryan was offered the chance to finally see the so-called ‘punching’ clash with Roxanne, and despite some reluctance and some cheers from the crowd he eventually agreed.
His reaction was plain for viewers to see, as Ryan appeared somewhat shocked and angry to see parts of the fallout, when Roxanne cried to Big Brother that he should be removed from the house.
He said to Emma: ‘It was totally unexpected, it was a sign of affection that I’ve used on Gabby and the boys and unexpected because there was nothing in it.
Cute: After he was revealed as the winner Kirstie planted a cute kiss on Ryan, as she made her exit from the house as runner-up
Tense: The victory also meant Ryan finally got to see his apparent ‘punching’ of Roxanne, thought he at first seemed reluctant to watch the moment back
Controversial: Thousands of viewers complained to media watchdog OfCom after Roxanne accused Ryan of ‘punching’ her in the ribs
‘As it unravelled it became bigger and bigger the whole thing that scared me was that she couldn’t stay in the room with me. That rang alarm bells and the game became real life for me, I don’t know how much they showed, I did break.’
As Emma explained that viewers had seen his heartbreaking moment Ryan broke down in tears in the Diary Room, the soap star admitted: ‘I had no choice I was a scared little boy. The place is lonely anyway, these are people that you grow a friendship with, your trust is in a different place, the one thing that held onto me is Sally, she’s been my mother since day one.
‘We all know how something can stick on a man, sometimes it can be done in the right way, or the wrong way, I just wanted out I just wanted to get out, I thought I’d be getting a call from the police very soon, that’s not me, for once in my life I was glad that we had 24 hour surveillance on them.’
Emotional: After watching the incident, Ryan admitted he would forgive Roxanne, adding: ‘If she wants forgiveness and it makes it better I would rather give her that, I think she’s been punished enough by the public’
Over the moon: A majority of the CBB class of Summer 2018 were in attendance for the finale, with Rodrigo Alves and Roxanne noticeably absent
Casual: In contrast to the suit he wore to enter the house, Ryan went for a casual white t-shirt and trousers combo as he waved to fans in the finale’s last moments
Viewers spent days protesting that Ryan deserved to see the incident while he was still in the house, but Ryan added that he understood why he was kept in the dark until his exit.
‘Big Brother doesn’t want to hear anything and I understand that, but for me i have to thank everyone because it was clarification that even though Ben was leaving, for selfish reasons I needed to hear the public say that name, I wouldn’t have been able to relax.’
Emma then went onto ask Ryan whether he could forgive Roxanne for her behaviour, and ever-gracious he admitted: ‘For me I have the best network of family and friends, I’ve got the best mates in the world some here today, if this person has an issue and a misunderstanding who am I to sit there and judge?
‘Forgiveness is a big thing, and this is a horrible place if you get it wrong, and I don’t want to be a part of that, if she wants forgiveness and it makes it better I would rather give her that, I think she’s been punished enough by the public.’
Devastated: Ryan broke down in tears in the Diary Room last week and said he’s a ‘broken’ man after Roxanne accused him of ‘punching’ her
Roxanne’s claims that she was significantly hurt by Ryan’s ‘punches’ led him to received a formal warning from Big Brother, though fans protested his innocence.
Ryan broke down in tears after hearing the crowd chanting ‘Get Roxy Out’ at a live eviction, admitting he had been left a ‘broken man’ following the claims that he assaulted her.
He sobbed in the Diary Room: ‘I’ve done nothing, I don’t understand how she can do this. I don’t understand it.’
‘I’ve got to get this show back on the road now and I have to make amends, I don’t feel like I’m the one making amends but I’ll be the bigger person.
‘I’m not going to lie, it’s broken me a little, and if I’ve offended someone, or done something wrong, I am so sorry. But I will not walk away from this, I’m not a quitter, I’m genuinely not.’
By this point many housemates had began to doubt Roxanne’s story, as Big Brother told Dan Osborne that had her tale been true Ryan would have been removed from the house.
I’m done! Tensions continued to run high as Roxanne took to the Diary room to hit back at the actor, and said: ‘He’s lying’, and later decided to quit the Channel 5 show
Slammed: Roxanne appeared to backtrack her accusations upon leaving the CBB house, and was slammed by viewers for saying she ‘got it wrong’ in an interview with Emma Willis
And after seeing the row upon being evicted, both Ben Jardine and Jermaine Pennant have admitted they felt ‘mugged off’ by Roxanne’s claims.
And following the eviction of Ben Jardine – with whom she formed a close bond in the house – Roxanne headed to the Diary Room that evening and demanded to leave the house.
She said: ‘No one likes me. You took my favourite person away, how am I going to get through this s**t now. I can’t do this anymore, I want to go home, I need to be around normal people.
‘This is awful to be isolated like this, I’m done. I’d rather work in a corner shop for the rest of my life and be on rations than put myself through this.
‘I don’t need the fame or fortune for this, I can’t do it, I need out, I’m going home.’
The fallout regarding Ryan and Roxanne’s clash continued in the days since her departure, with the actress appearing on Jeremy Vine and a Big Brother eviction show to confess she got things wrong.
Speaking to CBB host Emma Willis, Roxanne appeared to rebuff her claims, admitting: ‘I needed to come and tell everyone that I got it wrong, I’m human, I made a massive, massive, horrible mistake.’
When asked by Emma whether she felt she could be forgiven for the ordeal, the ex-Emmerdale star said: ‘I would hope that I could be [forgiven].’
Celebrity Big Brother’s Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas punch row: A timeline
THE ROW: THURSDAY AUGUST 30
Punch row: Roxanne Pallett accused Ryan Thomas of assaulting her after he playfully jabbed her on Celebrity Big Brother
- Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, 34, playfully jabbed Roxanne Pallett, 35, which later led to her saying he was a ‘woman beater’ on Thursday’s CBB
- Roxanne expressed her concern in the Diary Room and demanded for Ryan to be removed from the house
- In addition to this, she asked if she could sleep in a separate room because she didn’t feel safe
- After reviewing the footage, Ryan was given a formal warning by Channel 5
THE AFTERMATH: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Public outrage: More than 11,000 viewers complained to Ofcom over the scandal
- More than 11,000 viewers complained to Ofcom in defence of Ryan, complaining he was ‘obviously play fighting’ and ‘hardly touched her’
- Roxanne was accused of ‘setting back’ the work of domestic abuse charities, while her social media accounts were deleted on Friday morning
- On Friday’s show, Roxanne confided in housemate Ben Jardine as she alluded to the incident, branding it as ‘bad’
SOCIAL BACKLASH: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Backlash: A slew of celebs defended Ryan and called the actress ‘manipulative’
- 21 of her former Emmerdale co-stars called her out for her ‘calculated’ and ‘manipulative’ behaviour on social media
- Thomas’s girlfriend and reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh called for Pallett to be removed from the show, adding that she does not think she is in a ‘fit’ state of mind.
- Her Wikipedia page was hacked, with details changed to say her career ended in 2018 when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother
THE REACTION: FRIDAY AUGUST 31
Emotional: Viewers watched Ryan Thomas break down in tears, worrying his career is ‘ruined’ after the accusations
- Viewers watched Ryan Thomas break down in tears, worrying his career was ‘ruined’
- The pair hashed out their differences as he insisted he was ‘showing his affection’
- Upon her friend Ben Jardine’s eviction, Roxanne heard the crowd chant ‘Get Roxy Out’, leaving her questioning what she had done wrong
- Ryan broke down saying it was what he ‘needed to hear’ as the housemates turned on Roxanne
THE SHOCK DEPARTURE: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1
Exit: The former Emmerdale star broke down in tears, saying: ‘I’m going home’
- Sally and Nick are vocal in their support of Ryan, with former broker Nick urging Roxanne to ‘do the right thing’, and ‘tell the truth’
- The former Emmerdale star later breaks down in tears in the show’s Diary Room, saying: ‘I’m going home, I need out, I need to go’
- Viewers took to social media, sharing their glee at the news she left but others vented they felt she had taken the ‘easy way out’
- It is not clear if she will be forced to hand back her £75,000 fee after her dramatic exit.
THE APOLOGY: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3
Apology: Roxanne said: ‘I got it completely wrong’ and hopes Ryan will forgive her
- Appearing on Jeremy Vine, Roxanne has now said she didn’t know she was wrong until she reviewed clip and hopes Ryan will forgive her
- She believes past domestic violence has made her overly sensitive
- She apologised for ‘trivialising’ the issue of domestic violence
- She claimed she was advised not to be on the show and wasn’t being paid
- She said: ‘I got it completely wrong’
Hippie chic! Kirstie made a hilarious exit from the house shoes in hand squealing with delight at finishing in second place
Comical: At her interview Emma also confessed that during the break Kirstie both resumed the wearing of her shoes and also quickly applied some lipstick she had been hiding in her dress
Kirstie also made a hilarious exit from the house, shoes in hand and squealing with delight at finishing in second place.
The 67-year-old Hollywood legend admitted she loved discovering some new stories to tell for the rest of her life during the time in the house, and had picked up the British phrase ‘bog roll.’
She told Emma: ‘Sometimes I couldn’t understand with everyone, there was a lot of different dialects in that house, but they were more than happy to translate.
‘We had to use bog roll for everything, it was just all about the bog roll, I’m going to take bog roll back with me.’
Bronze medal: Dan Osborne has finished in third place in the Celebrity Big Brother final
Beaming: The ex-TOWIE star made a triumphant exit to many cheers from fans, as he lost to Ryan Thomas and Kirstie Alley in the final two.
Sharp: Dan was his typically stylish self as he exited the house, admitting in his interview he was delighted with his positive reception
Sweet! Dan was reunited with his former CBB housemates upon eviction, including Ben Jardine with whom he formed a close ‘bromance’
This came after Dan Osborne finished in third place, with the ex-TOWIE star making a triumphant exit to many cheers from fans.
In his exit interview Dan admitted that being in the house had given him a chance to reflect on his relationship with wife Jacqueline, and admitted he had been given for awareness on valuing the most important things in life.
He said: ‘I just really struggled without my kids without being able to speak to them, it’s very hard I knew what I was signing up to. You don’t really get time to yourself in there but I struggled without them.
‘I just wanted to be myself, I get some negative comments and stuff and I thought at least if I give it to someone and be who I am, I just made a mistake in the past and that ain’t me, I just wanted to see what people thought of the real me.
‘That’s the most important thing to me is making my family proud, my family is obviously the most important thing, as long as they were proud of me I would be a happy man.
Jovial: During his interview Dan spoke candidly how about being away from his family led him to re-evaluate how important they were to him
Truthful: Dan went onto joke that he hoped wife Jacqueline Jossa was ‘still talking to him’ after he left the house, as she chose not to attend the finale
Open: He said: ‘I hope so I know it’s changed me a lot as a person for the better, and I’ve definitely see what I’ve done wrong, I want my wife to be happy as well’
‘I know I’m not perfect I don’t think anyone is, but having time in there makes me appreciate what I have, made me reflect on the things I don’t do right, like my marriage the mistakes I’ve made.’
Regarding his wife Jacqueline Dan added: ‘I hope she’s still talking to me after this, I hope so I know it’s changed me a lot as a person for the better, and I’ve definitely see what I’ve done wrong, I want my wife to be happy as well.’
Dan also briefly touched on his close friendship with Gabby Allen which got fans talking in the house, after the pair were forced to deny claims they had an affair which led to his marital woes.
He added: ‘You’re in a house with the lads, and they bantering the life out of me, I’m like boys please just ease up for a day. I had to like reconfirm Gabby we’re mates.
‘For the first few days we felt like we had to keep a bit of distance, I don’t want people to talk rubbish, she’s a lovely girl and we just get on genuinely.’
Banker’s out! Nick Leeson has finished in fourth place, receiving a mass of cheers from fans as he left the house
Delighted: Reuniting with his former housemates, Nick struggled to hold back tears in his post-eviction interview with Emma
Ahead of Dan’s exit was banker Nick Leeson who finished in fourth place, and despite Emma admitting she found it the least unlikely, he struggled to hold back the tears during his interview.
Nick also admitted that despite his time in prison he found his stint in the CBB house even more of a challenge.
He told Emma: ‘You get close to the people who are in the house with you.
‘It’s right in so many ways as well, you look for the important qualities who are important to you. It’s those qualities that you rely on throughout the process.
‘The good things in the people, you observe some things that are wrong and you choose your time and make your point, Gabby said to me last night when you say something it can be quite brutal.
‘It was important that something was said. I’m such a hard I won’t use that phrase.’
Out: This came as psychic Sally Morgan finished in fifth place, after her endless clashes with comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli
Thrilled: Despite almost a month cut off from the outside world, Sally exit was effortlessly glamorous, and Emma revealed that her prediction that a ‘female housemate would walk early’ was correct, due to the non-arrival of Stormy Daniels
Ahead of this psychic Sally Morgan made her exit from the house in fifth place.
Sally’s time in the house was plagued with clashes with Hardeep Singh Kohli, including one on Friday night in which viewers furiously claimed she made a racist comment by saying he needed to wear talcum powder as he looked too ‘brown.’
Speaking about her clashes with the Glaswegian, Sally admitted she understood that due to his background he only ‘tolerated’ certain housemates such as herself.
She said: ‘At the end of the day he will definitely have something to say about it and he will give you a lovely intellectual reply, I am who I am and I speak very plainly.
‘Sometimes apologies need to come from the heart and not the head, it would have been nice to felt when he apologised to me, his apology wasn’t sincere.’
Shocking: Sally was also showed a clip of the much-discussed ‘punch’ incident between Ryan and Roxanne, leading Sally to admit she was baffled that that was the so-called clash
Stunned: She said: ‘I said that to her if he had hit you where he meant it, Big Brother would have had him out like that. She should never ever had accused him of doing that’
Sally was also showed a clip of the much-discussed ‘punch’ incident between Ryan and Roxanne, leading Sally to admit she was baffled that that was the so-called explosive clash.
She said: ‘Well it must have been, if that had been someone that was deliberately wanting to hurt a woman, I would have obviously, I’ve never seen that before.
‘I said that to her if he had hit you where he meant it, Big Brother would have had him out like that. She should never ever had accused him of doing that.’
Evicted: Gabby Allen was the first to leave the house during the final as she finished in sixth place
Gorgeous: The Love Island showed off her gym-toned physique in a multicoloured beaded dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high split
Jaw-dropping: Keeping her blonde bobbed tresses slicked back, Gabby teamed her stylish dress with sexy black ankle boots
This came as Love Island star Gabby Allen finished in sixth place.
The 26-year-old Love Island star made a glamorous exit from the house in a rainbow-beaded plunging dress as fans awaited to see who will be crowned series winner.
Gabby’s stint on the show was plagued with questions surrounding her friendship with Dan Osborne, after the pair were forced to deny claims they had an affair, leading to marital woes with Dan’s wife Jacqueline .
Speaking to Emma about her relationship with Dan in the house, Gabby admitted that while they have grown closer, they tend to have more of a brother/sister relationship.
She said: ‘I was always so conscious of not, in there the whole it was we’re just bantering, and towards the middle of the time in there I thought I was going to spend time with you, I was so glad he was in there we got on so well.
‘When you’re such a confined environment, and there’s only certain people you can spend more of your time with, buy there was always something in the back of my mind.
Gone: Gabby’s exit came following much fan speculation around her friendship with ex-TOWIE star Dan Osborne
Close: Speaking to Emma about her relationship with Dan, Gabby admitted that while they have grown closer in the house, they tend to have more of a brother/sister relationship
‘Like brother, the more time we spent with each other at the end of it he’s like digging with me throwing me down. I just think I’m very happy that he was in there, especially this last week, we were the youngest person in there, so we could have a drink and a laugh.’
And after a series of incredible looks, Emma Willis pulled out her most glamorous look yet as dazzled in a beautiful midnight blue sequinned gown with a thigh-high split.
Emma showed a hint of her toned legs in the beautiful thigh-split gown with a one-shouldered style, mixing the deep blue sequins with the dress’ velvet top.
The mother-of-three had her signature honeyed tresses in a voluminous quiff, with her flawless complexion on display with a smoky eye and nude lip.
Emma took to the stage to prepare which of this year’s six finalists will be crowned CBB winner.
Jaw-dropping: Host Emma Willis pulled out her most glamorous look yet, as she prepared to crown the winner in a gorgeous midnight blue sequinned gown
Incredible: Showing off her trim pins, Emma looked amazing in the deep blue sequinned dress with a velvet trim
Bookies favourite Ryan Thomas will be pitted against Love Island’s Gabby Allen, Dan Osborne, psychic Sally Morgan, Nick Leeson and Cheers legend Kirstie Alley.
The eventful series has seen nearly a month of clashes, debates and controversies, living up to it’s Eye Of The Storm name.
Things kicked off with the unexpected non-arrival of porn star Stormy Daniels, who was forced to pull out of the show last-minute, due to unexpected circumstances.
Then ‘Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves was removed from the house after just one series, and despite the Brazilian plastic surgery fan’s claims he quit the show, producers have yet to revealed details around the incident.
Married footballer Jermaine Pennant sparked outrage among fans thanks to his flirtatious antics with kidnap victim Chloe Ayling, despite his protests upon eviction that it was just ‘banter.’
And as CBB came to a dramatic close, fans can now look forward to the civilian series which kicks off on Friday (September 15th).
After giving a glimpse of the new housemates, Emma also revealed fans could vote on one housemate who could be given an advantage, with the results set to be revealed on launc night.
Favourite: The eventful series has seen nearly a month of clashes, debates and controversies, living up to it’s Eye Of The Storm name