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Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 05:54 GMT
Turner next to leave Big Brother
Grant Bovey was waiting for his wife outside the house
Anthea Turner is the third celebrity to be evicted from the Big Brother house.

The TV presenter was met by her husband Grant Bovey as she left after six days in the house.

Anthea was chosen by viewers above comedian Jack Dee and Boyzone singer Keith Duffy, Channel 4 confirmed.

Turner said her fellow housemates had offered to pay her to go back on Friday and tidy the place up.

Anthea Turner
Anthea bids farewell to her housemates

Turner said: "I made some real friends in there, goodness knows how they will cope without me. It will be a tip."

She added: "It's been the most unbelievable experience. I'm so glad everyone out there has had the chance to see it."

As Turner was led out, comedian Jack Dee took the opportunity to rush out and hug his wife Jane.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said Jane sneaked past the security guards as they were busy leading Anthea out and the couple met halfway between the house and the bridge.

"They had a quick kiss and the security guards led Jane back again," she said.

Jack Dee with his wife, Jane
Jack Dee seizes the chance to hug his wife
Brookside star Claire Sweeney was the only housemate not nominated for eviction in this round.

The stars are taking part in the show for Comic Relief.

They been told by Big Brother they will have to work to receive further food supplies.

They have had to resort to beans on toast, having blown their budget on alcohol and fruit.

Vanessa Feltz, who was evicted from the house on Monday, has criticised reality TV programmes such as Big Brother as "damaging".

She said the experience was "ridiculously intense" and "unnerving".

Nothing prepares you for scrutiny and incarceration

Vanessa Feltz
She also criticised her housemates, telling Channel 4's The Big Breakfast: "I could not get a handle on Jack Dee, I have not got the faintest idea of his agenda or what he was trying to do.

"Anthea Turner was being Julie Andrews, Claire Sweeney was Shirley Maclaine and Keith Duffy was being the caricature of a boy band."

Duffy will not have reassured her otherwise as he offered on Wednesday to do a naked workout if Big Brother would give him some olive oil in return.

The disembodied voice of Big Brother was not sure how this would benefit the house, and instead told Jack Dee he would have to clean all mirrors in the house before receiving anything in return.

"That's terrible," said comedian Dee.

Celebrity Big Brother housemates
And then there were three
"Those cheeky buggers. I'll ask for a clove of garlic as well."

But it has emerged that Dee was not so brave when caught with his trousers down when Turner forgot to knock before entering the communal toilet.

While there are no cameras in the showers or toilets, none of the doors have locks.

Turner thought the incident was hilarious, but Dee did not see the funny side.

Feltz has not seen the funny side of Big Brother at all.

She said that she "hardly survived the experience" of living with five other celebrities.

"I think reality TV programmes do a lot of damage.

"Nothing prepares you for scrutiny and incarceration and worrying what people might think of you and trying to survive all at once.

Friday countdown

"Believe me it was extremely intense and a most unnerving thing."

Contestants are being kicked out every other day, with a winner finally being declared on Friday during the Comic Relief broadcast.

Bookmaker William Hill now puts Sweeney at 11-8 favourite to win followed by Dee on 13-8, Duffy on 2-1.

Each call made to evict a celebrity makes 15.5p for Comic Relief.

Guardian media correspondent Matt Wells
"It's been an interesting exercise in the fragile nature of celebrity"
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