Brian Dowling has hit back at Davina McCall – as a row between the Big Brother presenters continues.
It all kicked off after Channel 4 aired Big Brother: Best Shows Ever series, which was co-hosted by Davina and Rylan Clark-Neal.
In the first episode Davina spoke to previous host Emma Willis, but never mentioned Brian, who hosted the show from 2011-2013.
The Dublin star had said he was “hurt” by the decision not to include hm, however Davina had taken to social media to say Brian had been asked to appear.
“I can’t believe I’m in this position AGAIN where I’m having to justify my feelings regarding BIG BROTHER,” he wrote on his Instagram stories.
“I’m really sad that you have again posted something today which continues to fan the flames of this on social media and in the press.”
“On Thursday morning I posted a video on Instagram saying that I was hurt and upset that I wasn’t referenced at all as a host of Big Brother in the chat between all the presenters, and how this plays into my general treatment by the production company since they fired me.
“This was not a personal attack on you, Rylan or Emma at all because as far as I’m aware you do not make or edit the show and I’m a huge fan of all of you as presenters.”
Emma Willis took over from Brian in 2013, which the Irish TV presenter says he only found out about while reading The Sun.
“This was me saying that my feelings were hurt, as I felt that my hosting six series of the show was airbrushed out,” Brian continued.
“I understand that the Channel 5 shows were not being shown on your new series, however Emma’s role as host was specifically discussed and Rylan’s Bit On the Side show was also referenced during the series.
“I felt sad that I was not even referenced as the host bearing in mind there has only ever been three of us. ONLY THREE OF US.
“This wasn’t about any references to me as a housemate at all, and I really do appreciate the lovely things that both you and Rylan said about me on Thursday night’s show.
“Subsequently I wasn’t going to say anything else about it. Then on Thursday night after the show aired you personally decided to tweet that I was asked to appear on the series but turned it down and tagged me in the post.”
“Why did you feel that it was appropriate to post that? Even if you were being asked then surely you would be well aware that it would make me look bad and incite bad comments about me, when you had no idea why I might have declined to take part?
“Did I turn you down personally? No,” he explained.
“Did you or anyone else ask me why I might have turned it down? No.
“I did not turn down filming a 10-second clip as an insult to you or Rylan. I said no because it once again highlighted how I am treated by the producers of this show and it triggered lots of mental health issues for me yet again.”
“When I was fired I was hurt, upset and publicly humiliated. My mental health and confidence has suffered terribly for the last seven years because of that and other events that occurred whilst I was the host.
“My career came to a halt because I could not even consider working on television for a good number of yeras after that and my reputation damaged.
“I think that is a very good reason why I did not want to film a 10-second clip, and you have no idea of what really went on seven years ago and what I went through at the time.”
“Once I saw your tweet and the amount of vitriol and abuse I was getting in response to it, I felt I had to post something explaining why I didn’t want to film the clip.
“This is not something I wanted to do, but I felt I had no choice bearing in mind how much poison and criticism I was personally getting.
“I certainly don’t think I didn’t anything unreasonable in posting it – I had to make a comment in light of your very bold ”FYI” post to your 2.7million followers.
“I haven’t said anything since. However it’s now Saturday and you are still posting about this today. I genuinely don’t understand why, but 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.”
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