Big Brother’s Davina McCall has hit out at critics of the show – calling them “pseudo intellectuals”.
Nearly eight million people tuned into this year’s Big Brother, making it Channel 4’s most watched show this year.
The final, which saw Anthony win the prize, attracted a peak of 7.8 million, short of the record 9.5 million for the first series in 2000.
Host Davina, 37, told the Radio Times magazine: “The people who go into that house are a cross section of British culture. They’re not freaks.
“Most of the people who put Big Brother down are pseudo-intellectuals who have never really watched it. If you do, it’s a fascinating insight into life.”
The mother-of-two said she had not signed up to present a further series of the Channel 4 reality show, but added “it would have to be (something) catastrophic to get me to leave”.
Comparing herself to Cilla Black, she said: “Obviously I’m very attached to that programme. However, I’m under no illusions that it’s a difficult job.
“It’s easy to present – out with a very, very rowdy crowd talking to camera.
“But somebody would find it hard to come and do it – a bit like trying to fill Cilla’s shoes on Blind Date.”
Davina, who is presenting a new show for the BBC, He’s Having a Baby, said: “I’m a complete slapper – I work for any channel that’ll pay me.
“I’ll never sign a golden-handcuffs deal because I want to be able to follow the shows I like.
“I look for programmes that make me feel passionate, and I feel strongly about parenting and birth.”
She said she would like to see Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, Dawn French, Cherie Blair, Carole Caplin, Ed Byrne and David Icke in the next instalment of Celebrity Big Brother.