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Jonathan quits Big Brother house
Jonathan Durden
Jonathan Durden claimed he had never seen Big Brother before
Big Brother contestant Jonathan Durden has walked out of the house after he was told his grandmother had died.

The 49-year-old multi-millionaire left the Channel 4 show in the early hours of Tuesday morning after he was called to the diary room to be told the news.

The media agency boss, who threatened to walk out of the show last week, then bid farewell to his upset housemates.

Meanwhile Welsh nanny Laura Williams and Victoria Beckham fan Chanelle Hayes have been nominated this week.

Both women had nominated each other to face the public vote and each received five nominations overall.

There are currently 12 housemates remaining.

Durden is the second contestant to leave the reality programme of his own accord, following in the footsteps of retired headhunter Lesley Brain who quit after claiming she was "bored".

Emily Parr, 19, was removed from the house in June for using a racially offensive word to another housemate.

Three further housemates have been evicted. Shabnam Paryani was the first housemate to be evicted by the public vote, followed by charity worker Seany O'Kane and model Billi Bhati.

Tree surgeon Liam McGough is currently the 3/1 favourite to win the show, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.


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