Brian Dowling has reignited his feud with Davina McCall, claiming she has yet to apologise after their war of words.
The pair locked horns when highlights series, Big Brother: Best Shows Ever, aired in 2020 with Brian not featuring – despite having both starred in and hosted the series.
After claiming the show was trying to ‘rewrite history’ Davina fired back that he had been approached by show bosses but declined to appear.
‘It wasn’t fair’: Big Brother’s Brian Dowling has reignited his feud with Davina McCall and claims she didn’t apologise to him after a row over the series in 2020
Two years on, the pair’s feud has not come to an end, with Brian telling The Sun: ‘I’ve not got an apology for stuff that was said.
‘I was uncomfortable with Davina’s truth because they weren’t Davina’s truths to tell. They were my truths to tell, and how I felt regarding my firing from Channel 5.
‘Davina worked on a show on Channel 4. Davina and I had a good relationship up until the summer of last year, but things were said publicly that weren’t true and weren’t fair.’
MailOnline has contacted Davina’s representatives for comment.
Feuding: Davina and Brian locked horns when highlights series, Big Brother: Best Shows Ever, aired in 2020 with Brian not featuring – despite having both starred in and hosted the series
Davina was the original host of Big Brother but left in 2010 when it was axed from Channel 4 to Channel 5.
Brian appeared on Big Brother twice – in series 2 in 2001 and nine years later on 2010’s Ultimate Big Brother – before being invited to host the show when it moved over to Channel 5.
He presented from 2011 to 2013 before being taken over by Emma Willis – something he claims he wasn’t told about and only discovered after reading it in a newspaper.
After the show was axed for good in 2018, it came back for a highlights special in 2020 featuring memorable moments and chats with former contestants and presenters.
Happier times: Davina was the original host of Big Brother but left in 2010 when it was axed from Channel 4 to Channel 5. Brian then presented from 2011 to 2013 (pictured in 2010)
However, Brian did not appear, and shared a cryptic tweet hinting he wasn’t offered the chance to take part in Best Shows Ever, tweeting a fan: ‘You are not the only one. Actually at this stage it’s getting rather funny. People trying to rewrite history.’
Following Brian’s comments about his experience working on the show, Davina took to social media to clarify that Brian was offered the chance to appear on Best Shows Ever.
She tweeted: ‘Just an FYI. We did ask @brianofficial to be part of the show. He was the ultimate housemate!!!! That was a no brainer.’
Hitting out: When the highlights show aired in 2020 Brian claimed it was trying to ‘rewrite history’ by not mentioning his tenure as host of the program
Davina also hit back at claims the show was ‘trying to rewrite history’ as she clarified that they were not ignoring Brian’s stint as host.
In the highlights show Rylan Clarke-Neal asked Emma what it was like to take over as presenter of Big Brother after working with the ‘Big Mother’ Davina.
Davina defended her statement by tweeting to say: ‘This is what he said. He was referring to when she worked with me on C4.
‘Clear as day. He never said she took over from me as host.’
Explanation: After Brian’s tweet, Davina took to Twitter to clarify that Brian was offered the chance to appear on Best Shows Ever
Drama: Davina then clarified that they weren’t ignoring Brian’s stint as host in a section on the show in which Emma Willis was asked about working alongside Davina
Brian hit back again with a lengthy Instagram post in which he accused Davina of ‘fanning the flames’ of the argument, adding ‘I would really like to draw a line under this now please, as by continuing to post all you are doing is encouraging more negativity.’
While there are currently no plans to revamp the UK series, Big Brother is set to make a surprise return to Channel 4 after a 12-year absence… with a twist.
Bosses confirmed on Tuesday they’ll broadcast Australia’s star-studded Celebrity version on E4 next month, featuring stars including Caitlyn Jenner. Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jnr, and Married at First Sight’s Jessika Power.
Candid: After Davina’s tweets, Brian then posted a lengthy statement, directed toward Davina, to defend his recent actions
Big Brother UK was axed by Channel 4 back in 2010 after 11 series, with the beloved series finding a new home on Channel 5 before it was once again dropped in 2018.
Following news of the Australian series, Rylan – who fronted the show’s spin-off Bit On The Side between 2013 and its cancellation in 2018, took to Twitter to beg producers to bring back the UK version.
Retweeting the announcement, he added: ‘Amazing news…… NOW BRING OURS BACK.’
Over 11 episodes, the celebrity series will see 12 stars live together in Big Brother’s first ever ‘luxury hotel.’
As ever, things won’t be plain sailing for the stars, and plenty of twists and turns await as they compete to win an AU$100,000 prize for charity.
Leading the star-studded lineup is Caitlyn Jenner, no stranger to the world of reality TV after appearing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! in the UK.
Joyous: While there are currently no plans to revamp the UK series, Big Brother Australia is set to air on Channel 4, with Rylan Clark Neal calling on bosses to bring back the British show
Joining her will be Married at First Sight Australia contestant Jessika Power, who became known to British viewers after the series became a surprise hit when it was broadcast on E4 last year.
Jessika has since relocated to Manchester, and she revealed earlier this mont she’s received a flirty message from TOWIE star Pete Wicks.
Thomas Markle Jr, who has never shied away from sharing his views on Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, will also appear on the show.
It’s back! Big Brother is returning to UK screens, as E4 revealed on Tuesday they will air Australia’s Celebrity version, starring Caitlyn Jenner (pictured)
Anticipated: The series will also star Married At First Sight Australia’s Jessika Power, who became known to viewers when the show became a surprise hit on E4 last month
Joining him is Australian Survivor’s Luke Toki, model and actress Ellie Gonsalves, models Josh Carroll and Imogen Anthony and former Australian Football League player Dayne Beams.
Also appearing in the show are actor Bernard Curry, Big Brother Australia contestant Daniel Hayes, former National Rugby League player Matt Cooper and author and former political aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Hosted by Sonia Kruger, viewers will see the celebrities challenged by the almighty Big Brother as they spend every waking moment together, compete in house tasks, nomination challenges and shocking evictions.
Coming soon! Hosted by Sonia Kruger, viewers will see the celebrities challenged by the almighty Big Brother as they spend every waking moment together
Since Big Brother came to an end in 2018, fans have been calling for the series to find a new home, but the show is yet to return to UK screens.
Despite spawning a slew of international spin-offs, the UK version became the most well-known, and pulled in ratings of up to 10 million viewers at its peak.
In later years, the show gained higher ratings from its Celebrity versions, with its final run sparking headlines when Roxanne Pallett falsely claimed housemate Ryan Thomas ‘punched’ her, sparking huge backlash from viewers.
Celebrity Big Brother Australia arrives on E4 from Sunday February 6th.
Coming soon: Meghan Markle’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr, who has never shied away from sharing his views on the royal and her husband Prince Harry, will also appear on the show.