GET ME OUT OF GREERUT OF GREER; Germaine Quits and Brigitte Wants to Go to Escape Sly's Mum

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GET ME OUT OF GREERUT OF GREER; Germaine Quits and Brigitte Wants to Go to Escape Sly's Mum


Byline: By Rick Fulton

FIERY feminist Germaine Greer quit the Celebrity Big Brother house yesterday.

Speaking to fellow housemates in the bedroom while packing her bags, Germaine said: 'I'm leaving over specific issues, but best for everyone if I don't discuss them.

'I have a problem with decisions, I make them fast and when I make them, I stick to them.'

And her decision to quit at12.45pm could open the floodgates for other housemates to do the same.

Brigitte Nielsen claimed she wanted to leave hours after former mother-in-law Jackie Stallone was a shock ninth entry into the house.

And racing pundit John McCririck refused to speak to anyone for two days after he couldn't get Diet Coke because the group failed a task.

What is surprising about Germaine quitting is that she had become one of the more stable influences in the house.

She took over cooking duties and, despite her renowned short fuse and inability to suffer men, she bit her tongue at John's sexist remarks.

Before entering the house, John was asked who his nightmare housemate would be and chose Germaine.

But she won him over with a bowl of vegetable curry and he said after she left: 'I've never changed my mind about someone so much.

'She's been fantastic, absolutely incredible.'

Germaine lasted five nights but left despite Jackie asking her to stay.

Explaining her decision in the diary room, Germaine said: 'I don't consider myself a housemate anymore, I'm leaving.

'I don't need the money badly enough, the rainforest will be fine - I'll save it in other ways.

'I was a little naove. I didn't realise the agendas.

'Caprice is here to raise awareness of her lingerie. Brigitte is a professional reality TV person.

'Kenzie wants to raise the profile of his band and John probably needs the money.

'I had no idea who would be in here and it's wrong for me to present myself in the same context as they are.

'I'm 65 and you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

'I've made a mistake, it's called cutting your losses.'

Bez was the first to offer Germaine an affectionate hug, quickly followed by Kenzie.

Observers were stunned when it was first announced that the academic, critic and writer was joining the show.

She once said that watching Big Brother was 'about as dignified as looking through the keyhole in your teenage child's bedroom door'. …

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