Rylan Clark-Neal admits watching Brian Dowling made him realize that being gay “is not a bad thing”

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Rylan Clark-Neal said that watching Brian Dowling on Big Brother as a young teenager was a “moment” for him and made him realize “being gay is not a bad thing”.

Big Brother fans fondly remembered Brian as one of the funniest roommates of all time in the latest episode of Best Shows Ever on Thursday with some keeping their fingers crossed, Big Brother will make a comeback.

For the latest show, an episode from the 2001 series aired, recalling moments like Brian’s insisting that it sounds like television but it isn’t and the romance between Helen Adams and Paul Clarke, despite the makes her have a boyfriend in the outside world.

Great moment: Rylan Clark-Neal said that watching Brian Dowling on Big Brother as a young teenager was a “moment” for him and made him realize “that being gay is not a bad thing”

Speaking of Brian, who was nervous about discussing his sexuality at home, winning the series, Rylan admitted that it had a big impact on him.

Talking to former host Davina McCall, he said, “To me, being 13, 14, thinking I was gay, knowing I was gay at the time, seeing someone like Brian who was an adult going through the same thing, it was a bit of a moment for me.

“Oh, it’s okay for him. Maybe being gay is not a bad thing. The number of people who would say, “I don’t like gay people, but he looks funny. These are things like that, it’s the beginning of people who change their minds. ”

Davina recalled how nervous Brian was about participating in the show, but added that the nation “took it under their wing.”

Memories: Big Brother fans fondly remember Brian as one of the funniest roommates of all time in the final episode of Thursday's best shows

Memories: Big Brother fans fondly remember Brian as one of the funniest roommates of all time in the final episode of Thursday’s best shows

She said, “It was very important in terms of LGBTQ rights for Brian. He was very nervous about the show and going out properly, not just for his friends and family but for the nation and would he be accepted? That was what was so beautiful.

“All of Britain took him under their wing and crowned him victorious. I think it was amazing for Brian. His whole world has expanded.

Brian won Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, then hosted the show the following year when it moved to Channel 5, before being replaced by Emma Willis in 2013.

Many fans turned to social media to respond to the episode, some hailing Brian as one of the best roommates of all time.

Come back? For the latest show, an episode of Big Brother 2001 was aired with fans hoping the show will return to the screens

Come back? For the latest show, an episode of Big Brother 2001 was aired with fans hoping the show will return to the screens

One wrote: “The fact that Brian Dowling made history by becoming the very first LGBT man to participate in Big Brother UK… and I’m glad to see Rylan give Brian a big thank you for that “

Another said, “Brian Dowling is and always will be my favorite roommate. “

Meanwhile, many users were saddened that Thursday night’s episode was the finale of the best shows of all time and asked to see Big Brother resurrected.

One fan said, “Gutted is the last night. Guess after that, there is only one thing we can hope for #BringbackBigBrother ‘.

Popular: Davina McCall recalled how nervous Brian was to participate in the show, but added that the nation

Popular: Davina McCall recalled how nervous Brian was to participate in the show, but added that the nation “took him under their wing”

Another added, “This Big Brother was literally what it was. Great personalities, but not as many fakes as the subsequent series. Everything was much, much simpler, but in a good way! #BBUK ‘.

It comes after Brian attacked the Big Brother bosses for secretly hiring Emma Willis to replace him as a host behind his back.

Talk to OK! magazine, he said, “A newspaper told me the story when I signed a contract and came back to welcome two more seasons. And to find out that they were in secret talks with Emma all the time is not a pleasant feeling.

Reaction: viewers fondly remember Brian's time in the house during the episode

Reaction: viewers fondly remember Brian’s time in the house during the episode

“But it’s just the industry we are in. It happens and I just had to keep my head up high and get away from it. But when I think back to my time as a roommate twice and host it … you have to find the positives.

Brian insisted there was “no flaw” between him and Emma but he would have appreciated a phone call from her at the time.

Said, ‘Emma and I were friends? Probably more colleagues than friends, but it’s okay. She was in a situation where she was almost not going to refuse work. I completely sympathize with the position in which she found herself. It would have been nice to receive an SMS or call beforehand. We are colleagues, right? It was not pleasant and then watching the show … ‘

Speaking: this comes after Brian attacked the Big Brother bosses for secretly hiring Emma Willis to replace him as a host behind his back (photo from 2011)

Speaking: this comes after Brian attacked the Big Brother bosses for secretly hiring Emma Willis to replace him as a host behind his back (photo from 2011)

Emma then presented the series until it ended on channel 5 in 2018 with Rylan hosting the Big Brother spin-off show Bit On The Side.

Before Thursday’s episode of the best shows ever aired, Rylan asked Twitter to respond to fans who criticized the series for making no mention of the fact that Brian hosted the show during Wednesday’s episode when Emma has made an appearance.

As Davina and Emma remembered their experiences hosting the show, fans noted that Brian’s stint as host was not discussed.

Responding to the criticism, Rylan wrote, “I saw some of you and Brian feeling slightly disappointed and leaving aside the conversation between me, Davina and Emma in Wednesday’s show.

Substitution: Emma continued to present the series until it ended on channel 5 in 2018 with Rylan hosting the spinoff show Big Brother's Bit On The Side (photo in 2018)

Substitution: Emma continued presenting the series until it ended on channel 5 in 2018 with Rylan hosting the spinoff show Big Brother’s Bit On The Side (pictured in 2018)

“I just want to clarify to you all that I am fully aware that Brian hosted the show because I was his last interview, which is close to my heart, as I said the night I won during the interview because I was and still am a huge fan of hers.

Just to clarify what I said, “Since I got you both here, when you got the call to host the show, after working alongside the Great Mother herself, that did you cross your mind? “

“I hope it shows that I was using this opportunity as a fan to ask this question to the two people in front of me, I would have asked the same question if it was Brian and Davina or Emma and Brian.

“I have a lot of love for Brian and I would hate that he was upset and I hope that will clear the air for these tweets. Let’s take advantage of what Big Brother has left us. Enjoy the latest show. #BBUK ‘.

Statement: Rylan went to Twitter to respond to fans who criticized the series for making no mention of Brian's hosting of the series during Wednesday's episode when Emma made an appearance

Statement: Rylan went to Twitter to respond to fans who criticized the series for making no mention of the fact that Brian hosted the series during Wednesday’s episode when Emma made an appearance

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