In years to come, when fans look back on Celebrity Big Brother, they’ll remind each other of the winter 2015 series by saying “You know – The Perez Show…”
Whatever you think of Perez Hilton’s antics – the songs, the dances, the relentless shrieking, the goading of fellow housemates, all usually introduced by the phrase “This is The Perez Show” – they’ve created some of the most memorable moments of a vintage series.
But while many viewers – not to mention Perez’s fellow housemates – believe it’s all been simply an effort to raise the celebrity blogger’s profile, feed his ego and generally make Big Brother all about him, Perez has come out with a different story…
“The Perez Show I created as a defence mechanism,” he told host Emma Willis in an exit interview, after becoming the second casualty, behind Kavanagh, of Wednesday night’s double eviction.
“Pretty early on I started getting a lot of negative energy from the people in that house so I did it to protect myself, and protect my heart. So whenever The Perez Show was on, it was me, but it was a way of not allowing myself to be hurt. It was like putting a guard up. It was covering my heart in a seal.
“People probably didn’t get that in the house…”
Celebrity Big Brother continues at 9pm tonight with the final at the same time on Friday