Marissa Jaret Winokur and Ross Mathews made it to the final vote of Celebrity Big Brother, where the jury shocked fans with their decision.
The jury consisted of the former celebrity houseguests, and with a vote of 6-3, they chose Winokur over Mathews. It was a move that surprised fans, considering Mathews played the game so well while Winokur simply followed Mathews lead.
When asked why she deserved to win, Winokur said, “I think the truth is, many things that I did with Ross and he came with these great ideas and I was like ‘Okay, that sounds like a great idea, let's do it.’ And I would laugh at them a lot of times and then I would do them.”
Many fans felt the jury voted out of bitterness rather than gamesmanship. Considering Ross was was head of household so many times and organized so many maneuvers, he seemed to be the favorite.
Th jury implied that Mathews wasn’t as honest as Winokur, to which Mathews replied, “I'm sorry about the lying but hello, it's Big Brother. You have to if you are going to come in the house. You have to play this game!”
Winokur took home the $250,000 grand prize, while Mathews received the $50,000 runner-up prize. But Mathews was also voted America’s Favorite Houseguest by the fans and received an additional $25,000..
Mathews thanked the fans for the validation saying, “I literally said in the break ‘Was I the villain?’ So thank you, thank you so much.”