Ben became the sixth housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother house after polling the highest share (52%) of viewers’ votes.
The 30-year-old writer and broadcaster from London emerged smiling from the house dressed in a suit and tie after host Davina McCall announced his name.
McCall spent some of last night’s double bill inside the house as part of this week’s Ignore The Obvious shopping task, where housemates had to do their best not to acknowledge or react to strange events.
Fellow housemates Andrew, Dave and John James had also faced the public vote this week in the 11th series of the reality show.
After Ben left the house, Josie and John James shared a long embrace as the couple learned they would not be parted.
“Posh” housemate Ben was called ’quiff head’ for his big hair, and known for his love of history and divas, plus his apathy towards all the tasks.
He said: “On the one hand you don’t want to go, on the other hand you think ’I’ve got so many fantastic friends on the outside world I really miss’.
“I don’t take myself too seriously, I can laugh at most situations.”
In his interview with McCall he revealed he liked fellow housemate Rachel but did not realise she had feelings for him.
He also spoke of his friendship with Mario, adding: “I was shoved in the deep end of the pool, Mario was so kind to me.”
During last night’s show, the remaining housemates tried their best not to notice the arrival of new housemate Sam, a 21-year-old artist from Kent, as part of their task.
He entered the house wearing a red T-shirt saying “ignore me” and a baseball cap bearing a flashing sign with the words “new housemate”.
Throughout the week the group had to fight their natural instincts to react to appearances from family members and friends, a brass band, squabbling gorillas, noisy tourists, strippers and zombies.
The show was capped by a guest appearance from X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes, known as Jedward.
The duo entered the complex to perform their new single All The Small Things in the garden.