A contestant on Big Brother has walked out on the house and the chance at $250,000 to save a more popular housemate from eviction.
Intruder Nathan decided to sacrifice himself for another — a world first for the reality TV format — after the public yesterday voted to kick new intruder Madaline out.
"I think the housemates are happier with them, than me," Nathan told Big Brother tonight during a private moment in the Diary Room, referring to Madaline and the third intruder, Boog.
Earlier, the housemates had voted 7-1 to keep Madaline over Boog.
But it was later revealed the public would be deciding their fate. Madaline was eventually voted out in a Jump-In poll with 45 percent support to Boog's 55 percent.
Big Brother then revealed Nathan had offered to leave in Madaline's place.
"It was just a flash of inspiration, " Nathan said after leaving the show. "I can go and give my place to one of these girls. And I figured that it was going to be Maddie because Boog was so much fun," he said.
"And I just felt like it was the right thing to do. Like I said in the House, 'we all get to win that way'".
Nathan, a 35-year-old from Melbourne, entered the house two weeks ago with fellow intruder Justynn, who was evicted on September 30.
"I saw the house. I experienced it. I pushed myself," he said.
"I just thought if I'm going to stay it'll be to win or it'll be to force my humour out and it just wasn't happening. I just thought 'Why bother?' I might as well go. I've done it. And I wouldn't take anything back."
By leaving, Nathan misses out on the $250,000 prize awarded to the housemate who out lasts all the others.
Live Feed transmission into the house was suspended following Nathan's decision to leave but will now resume.Author: Jack Hawke. Approving editor: Alys Francis.
Source: Big Brother