19 May 19
The Scottish Sun
DAVINA McCall has revealed the infamous “Fight Night” in season five of Big Brother changed the future of the show.
The 51-year-old, who hosted the programme for 10 years, has insisted the alcohol-fuelled argument that kicked off between housemates – including series winner Nadia Almada, Jason Cowan, Emma Greenwood and Victor Ebuwa – is the reason the series later rationed alcohol in the house.
Davina McCall discusses the changes made to Big Brother on Sunday Brunch
Back in 2004 Emma and Michelle Bass were evicted from the Elstree property and stayed in a bed sit, leaving fellow housemates to believe they had left the competition for good.
However, the two later returned and a party ensued among all housemates, which saw them equipped with plenty of booze and fancy dress costumes.
But the alcohol fuelled a major row, which security were called in to diffuse, and cameras had to stop filming.
This was the turning point for Big Brother for years to come, as the production team decided to make permanent changes to the programme, including locking the drinks cabinet, and a larger focus on duty of care of the contestants.
Davina McCall reveals series five of Big Brother changed the show for good
Fight Night saw a huge alcohol-fuelled fight break out between contestants, including winner Nadia
Speaking on Sunday Brunch today, Davina said: “It radically changed in series 5, any Big Brother fans out there will remember Fight Night.
“It kicked off and it went absolutely nuts, and from that night on we had two lawyers in every script meeting, the drinks cabinet was locked, everything changed.
“We realised that actually you have to be careful. You put people in a pot of boiling water, you keep them locked into this house for so long that in the end it does drive you quite stir crazy.
“Everything changed for us on that show, but they listened to the advice.”
Davina insists a stronger duty of care was taken to contestants after Fight Night
Davina hosted the programme for 10 years
Davina went on to explain the lengths the production team went to to care for their applicants.
She added: “The duty of care has got to be massive.
“Contestants need to be supported and loved by the right people before and after the show.”
Controversy around aftercare in reality TV has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months.
Last week we revealed the Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed after 14 years following the death of guest Steve Dymond, while Love Island has also faced fierce criticism after two contestants, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, both took their own lives within the last year.
Davina explained each contestant had to be “emotionally robust” to enter the house, and after care became paramount.
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She went on: “You need to make sure that somebody is emotionally robust enough to deal with going on the show in the first place, and then if they’re struggling after the show then you give them a lot of help.”
Davina stopped hosting the programme after it moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5.
Emma Willis took over to helm the show, while Rylan Clark-Neal hosted the spin off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.
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