18th May, 2012
With just 12 days in the Big Brother StarGame house, Nigerian housemates, Chris and Ola, have quit the show.
P.M.NEWS learnt the duo asked for a voluntary exit from the reality show due to an escalating medical condition affecting Ola.
And in accordance with the game’s rules governing the DownVille house, where contestants play as partners, Chris has also left the series.
In a terse message made available to P.M.NEWS, the producers said, “Whilst M-Net and Endemol are deeply saddened to see these two very entertaining housemates leave the game, we remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of the contestants and therefore understand and respect the housemates’ decision.”
The producers expressed their appreciation to both the contestants for “their contribution to the show and their participation and wish them well for the future.”
With this surprise exit, the Nigerians are out of the race, leaving Afro-Pop diva Goldie, to vie for the coveted $300 000 cash prize.
Earlier during the Diary Session, Ola and Chris sat looking sombre, prompting Big Brother to ask them what was on their minds. And Ola broke the ice by declaring that after consultation with the House Doctor, he would like to voluntarily quit the Big Brother House. He said since the medication he is on, had not really improved his health, he would like to seek medical attention outside of the Big Brother House.
His partner, Chris, also wearing sombre looks, added that they understand completely the implication of their action.
“Yes, this is a game. However, we can’t play with our lives. Health is wealth,” Ola added.
The two were instructed by Biggie to leave the Diary Room and speak to their fellow Housemates, to explain the situation.
After they did, Ola and Chris then left the House with other housemates weeping.