Jeff Brazier admits he still finds Big Brother hard to watch following Jade Goody's death
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Big Brother is well and truly back as 16 new contestants entered the famous house this week, much to the excitement of many fans.
A whopping 2.5 million of us tuned in to the opening show which was broadcasted on ITV1 on Sunday (8 October), five years after the original show was shelved.
Hosted by AJ Odudu and Will Best, Big Brother seems to be a resounding success so far, which is no mean feat as we have seen older classics come back in the past and fail to replicate its previous form.
But one of those who is not particularly enjoying the return of the ITV show is Jeff Brazier, who hasn't been tuning in to watch the drama unfold.
The presenter, 44, lost his ex-partner and mother of his children - former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody - in 2009 to cervical cancer aged just 27.
Jeff admitted he at first tuned into the new Big Brother, but ended up switching off after housemate Olivia burst into tears after fearing for her place in the show.
Speaking to Metro, Jeff said: "I switched on for two minutes (on Sunday) after watching Celeb SAS which we never miss that’s our favourite and there’s some contention, they didn’t know they was putting someone up for public vote and it caused great contention between the two individuals [Olivia and Jenkin].
"It caused great discomfort for the girl that had to vent in the diary room and it’s not the sort of thing I want to watch. I don’t enjoy seeing drama like that."
The Shipwrecked star added: "For some people it might be what they want to view in an evening. I want good energy rather than see someone go through emotional distress.
"They’ll have a lot of fun in there and I’m sure their relationship will improve, but as a snapshot, it might not be for me."
When Jade sadly died, Jeff was left to bring up their two children, Bobby and Freddie.
In the same interview, Jeff opened up about bringing up his children without Jade.
He told Metro: "One thing I’ve never done is change myself to please my children but it’s so easy to do because you think ‘Would it improve our relationship if they think I’m cooler?'
"Our children are good at sensing we’re trying to please them or evolve to seem more relevant."