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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Sunita's relief at Big Brother freedom
Sunita leaving the Big Brother house
Sunita says she enjoyed her experience
A second housemate will be leaving the Big Brother house on Friday - just a day after the surprise exit of trainee barrister Sunita.

Sunita, 25, from London, waved goodbye to the other housemates and the 70,000 prize after deciding she had had enough after sticking it out on the reality TV show for just seven days.

Her decision to quit made her the first contestant to leave the UK show of their own accord in three series.

Participants in the first series of Big Brother in Holland, Denmark, Argentina and Portugal also decided to leave the house voluntarily.

Sunita waves to the crowds
Free at last: Sunita forfeits her claim to the 70,000 prize

When asked by her housemates as she left if she felt happy or sad, Sunita replied: "I don't know."

Sunita's departure, trailed in advance, was seen by 4.8 million TV viewers - making it the most popular programme in that slot on Thursday evening.

A new contestant will replace her, but details are yet to be revealed by the show's producers.

The premature departure will not stop another housemate being evicted on Friday, something the contestants are unaware of.

Sunita announced her departure in the Diary Room on Wednesday, and confirmed it to Big Brother at 1100 BST on Thursday.

She said she was feeling claustrophobic and the show had effectively deprived contestants of their rights.

'Unprepared'

Looking emotional but relieved after her surprise exit, Sunita was greeted by press photographers and the host of spin-off show Big Brother's Little Brother, Dermot O'Leary.

She told him she hoped future clients would not be put off by the fact that she had been a contestant on the reality TV show.


You can't imagine what it's like in the house

Sunita

"If it happens it happens and I can't change that. It's just one of those things I will have to get over."

Sunita, from Brixton, South London, admitted she had been unprepared for the reality of the Big Brother house.

"You think about it a little bit but you don't realise until you're there, what it's going to be like. I didn't feel I was being myself. I am quite a private person.

"The exposure was an issue I thought I could overcome but you can't imagine what it's like when you're in the house.

"You think it could be great but as soon as it became a reality it was different.

Big Brother main area
Sunita disliked being stuck in the same room

"I like to be the life and soul of the party, but this isn't really my party, it's not really my bag."

She tipped Jade to win the show's 70,000 prize, adding: "She's so vibrant all the time and she comes out with some really funny things. You don't mind listening to her."

A replacement contestant was drafted in the first series when "Nasty" Nick Bateman was evicted.

A Big Brother spokeswoman said: "Sunita's decision followed a long conversation with Big Brother. She has been saying for a few days that it hasn't been what she had expected.

"All contestants are of course free to leave whenever they wish."

'Shock exit'

Contestants were treated to a leaving banquet, with two hampers, containing red and white wine, beer, crisps, cheese and other assorted items.

Sunita told her housemates: "To you guys. You all rock. Let's not get all emotional."

Bookmakers Coral said hundreds of viewers had already placed bets at 5-2 that a contestant would leave the house of their own accord.

Coral has now suspended betting on that outcome, but spokesman Simon Clare said: "Sunita's shock exit will cost us dear and the show has only been going a week."

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