Celebrity Big Brother US: Marissa becomes first ever winner. as Ross enjoys America's Player tag

Julie Chen made history by announcing the first ever winner of US version of Celebrity Big Brother

Celebrity Big Brother US: Marissa becomes first ever winner. as Ross enjoys America's Player tag

The first winner of the first edition of Celebrity Big Brother US has been announced and she happens to be one of the beloved contestants and the owner of a million-dollar smile, Marissa Jaret Winokur. Her friend/alliance Ross Mathews was right there by her side until the very last moment, and even though the show is long over and they don't have to pretend to be nice to each other anymore, they sure are. 

In an interview with EW, post the winner announcement, Ross said that he does not need to know why or how the eliminated contestants voted for or against him.

He revealed, "I assume the people who voted for Marissa did so because they love Marissa. They thought she should win, and they played with feelings and not strategy. But I’m fine with that. I really am thrilled."

Marissa Janet Winokur became the first winner of Celebrity Big Brother US (Twitter)

The love is very mutual too, as can be seen in an interview that Marissa gave to Entertainment Tonight, in which she revealed why she took Ross to the finals with her.

"I wouldn't have been where I was, if I hadn't been playing with Ross. Ross saved me time after time. My alliance with Ross was the only real like, true, like... We had each other's back the whole time," she related, adding, "And you have to trust somebody in the house, right? So, I trusted him and he trusted me. So, not taking him, to me wasn't part of my spirit." 

Ross Matthews (Getty Images)

Marissa, knew, as a Big Brother fan, that taking Ross along with her was the "worst move" in the Big Brother land. However, in her "heart" and in her "soul," and because of the fact that she is a mother and she wanted to show the world that "… If you have a good friend, regardless of what the outcome is, you take your friend." Despite the risk she took, Merissa's move to stick with friendship over strategies won her the winner title and Ross the America’s Player prize, along with the $50,000 second-place.

While this winning arrangement came as a surprise to many, host Julie Chen has a theory as to why Marissa won - the mom votes. She said, "This is just one more example of how celebrities live by different rules. But it also showed me that celebrities are human. They couldn’t rise above it and say, 'I was had by Ross. I was betrayed in the game.' They know he’s not a jerk in real life. I don’t think he is. I don’t think anyone does. He’s America’s favorite houseguest!"

Julie Chen arrives for the formal Artist's Dinner hosted by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in their honor at the US Department of State on December 2, 2017 (Getty Images)

Julie further revealed that her asessment that women rallied around "another woman winning, another woman who was a mom. I think there was a mom factor in there." She said, "We saw [Marissa’s son] doing his shout-out, other people saw him in the audience crying when she won HOH. People let their personal feelings, right or wrong, bleed into their decision. Ross deserved to win but human emotion can never be under-estimated."

Meanwhile Omarosa's unanimous vote-out inspired barely a gasp. She gave multiple hush-hush "intel" on the Trump administration while being recorded on national television, presumably hoping that people will keep her around for more secrets about the White House, which they did – but also eliminated her in the last episode.  

Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault attends a nomination announcement at the East Room of the White House October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Even her impassioned speech about being "united" as a nation did not get her the votes she needed to move on to the finale. 

“We are facing a pivotal moment in this country, but we cannot allow hatred, division and bigotry to tear us down,” Omarosa had plead as a hail Mary attempt, but to no avail. 

“We are one nation under god, and with the power of the vote, the ballot and bringing our diversity to allow us to unite, we can change this country to be together, united under god.”

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