Charlotte Crosby won this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, but the world found out 30 minutes before the official announcement.
During the break between the first and second half of the Live Final on Friday night, the front page of the Daily Star was shared on Twitter, which read: “Charlotte wins Celebrity Big Brother.”
A BBC journalist and Sky News shared the front page via their Twitter account, which was met by confused replies from fans of the show.
One Twitter user wrote: “It’s pre-recorded wtaf #CBB”
Another asked: “How do the papers know Charlotte wins cbb? It’s not on for 30 min !?????”
They were responding to the tabloid front page shared by Nick Sutton, editor of the BBC Radio Four show The World At One; but the journalist was unaware of any embargo when questioned: “No mention of an embargo. Sent to many people.”
Author Emma Kennedy found it amusing that the Daily Star – which is owned by the same company as Channel 5 which broadcasts the show – could make such a faux pas.
“Utterly hilarious that the Daily Star has announced winner of CBB before its been broadcast.”
A spokesperson from Celebrity Big Brother said: “While the first part of the live final was recorded live, the second half was pre-recorded because of the weather and because of programme scheduling.”
The first episode of Celebrity Super Spa aired at 10 p.m., directly after the first part of the the CBB Final. During the hour break, the channel recorded Charlotte Crosby’s win and exit from the house as well as the following interviews of the Geordie Shore star and runner-up Abz Love with host Emma Willis.
This was then ready to air at 11 p.m., but an apparent miscommunication between Channel 5 and The Daily Star led to the winner being revealed half an hour before it was meant to be aired.
While the Live Final was pre-recorded, the phone lines had been closed at 10 p.m.