The BB House Is like an Old People's Home Says Greer (Who Is 65); GERMAINE, WHO HAS WALKED OUT, TELLS WHY SHE TOOK PART IN TV REALITY SHOW

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Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ

GERMAINE GREER has likened her time in the Celebrity Big Brother household to life in an old people's home.

The distinguished academic, who walked out of the Channel 4 reality show after four and a half days, explained why she decided to take part in the programme she had famously derided.

Her commitment to an environmental project - rehabilitating a piece of land she owns in Australia - made her take part in an experience she once branded "about as dignified as looking through the keyhole of your teenage child's bedroom door".

She explained: "If something were to happen to me, the project would collapse in a matter of days. Accepting the Celebrity Big Brother challenge has earned me a lump of cash that will be the rainforest cushion."

Leaving the show lost her the chance of adding the [pounds sterling]50,000 winner's prize to the project's funding. But she said: "I don't need the money badly enough, the rainforest will be fine - I'll save it in other ways."

The 65-year-old feminist icon also revealed a more subconscious reason for taking part in the programme. She said: "In my deepest of hearts, in the dead of the night, I discover another reason for betaking myself to the Big Brother house. For a few days at least, I have been living something like the life my mother leads in a nursing home in Victoria. She too believes that in a few days she will be going back to her own house. …