But the double eviction, aired on Friday 19th January, was particularly unpopular with some viewers because both evictees were female – in a series that is supposed to be celebrating women.
Rachel Johnson was the first out of the house, telling host Emma Willis: “It’s more fun than you can imagine, but it’s tough in there.”
But it was the eviction of Maggie Oliver which really got Twitter talking, after the former police officer was put up for nomination by controversial politician Ann Widdecombe for “laughing when others were in pain”.
In her exit interview, Maggie took the opportunity to make her thoughts on Ann clear, expressing her disappointment that the ex-politician didn’t question her about the Rochdale abuse case despite being an MP at the time. Maggie worked as a Detective Constable, helping to expose the Rochdale grooming gangs, an investigation that came back into the limelight last year with the BBC’s dramatisation, Three Girls, which saw Leslie Sharp play the former policeman.
“I have been very outspoken, I’m only on there because I spoke up about what was going on in Rochdale. And I spoke out about that because I felt that generations of girls were subjected to a lot more pain than that over a period of years. For me, Ann was in a position of influence in the Houses of Parliament when Ann Cryer was banging on the door and trying to get MPs to deal with that abuse. So for Ann to make that nomination, based on the fact that she said I couldn’t watch pain, is completely hypocritical, it upset me.”
Maggie may have lost the public vote – but there were plenty on Twitter disappointed by her eviction.
How incredible would it have been for Maggie to win #CBB “Year of the woman?” What an inspirational woman and beautiful soul!
— SEAN MALONEY MUA (@SeanMaloneyMUA) January 19, 2018
I have never found a #CBB exit emotional. But this genuine national hero & beautiful soul that is Maggie Oliver being evicted was so sad to watch tonight. She would have been an iconic winner for this series. I’m so disappointed with what the editors have done. #CBBMaggie #Gutted
— Dixie Meekings (@Dixie_84) January 20, 2018
— DK (@fieldfare123) January 20, 2018
Been reading back story about Maggie Oliver from #CelebrityBigBrother. What an awesome role model to have. Even with darkest story inspiring to read about someone standing up to the system. Even though she's out, still #CBBMaggie all the way and I hope we see her on TV again!
— Mordegai Pritchard (@MogP) January 20, 2018
And the fact that the first three evictions have all been women – with transgender broadcaster India Willoughby the first to leave the house – has not been lost on viewers…
#CBB Year of the Woman's first three evictions have ALL been women, thoughts? ????
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 19, 2018
#CBB 2018: "Year of the Woman"
First three celebrities evicted: Woman, Woman, Woman. pic.twitter.com/7shYr4oJVl
— ⭐️ Taylor ⭐️ (@Pompeii_Taylor) January 19, 2018
— Christopher Hampton (@TheChrisHampton) January 19, 2018