Then Thomas, like Ali, became famous for a punch he never threw – or at least didn’t throw seriously. After some apparently playful mock sparring with Pallett, the actress became increasingly uneasy, later leaving the show. Talking to Willis, Thomas described himself as a “scared little boy” in the face of the escalating situation.
“As it unravelled, as it became bigger and bigger, the thing that scared me the most was when Ben [Jardine] told me she couldn’t stay in the room with me because she was scared. That rang alarm bells and then the game became real life for me.”
Thomas was given a warning by the producers, but the incident sparked a backlash online, and Thomas referred obliquely to such issues in his winner’s interview.
“We all know how something like that can stick on a man,” he said. “I was glad we had 24-hour surveillance on us, because the point was proven.”
The public, seized by righteous fury, swiftly turned Pallett into a hate figure (she later apologised for the incident). Twitter reaction to Thomas’s win was predictable…
Emma tutting and rolling her eyes when she told Ryan that Roxanne told her she “got it massively wrong”. What. A. Legend 👌🏼 #CBB#cbbfinal#roxanne#ryan