Marissa Jaret Winokur On ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Win: ‘It’s So Much Harder Than I Ever Thought’

While Marissa Jaret Winokur and Ross Mathews made it to the final vote on the first U.S. season of Global’s “Celebrity Big Brother“, it was Winokur who came out on top.

Speaking with ET Canada’s “Big Brother Canada” correspondent Ika Wong, the 45-year-old Tony-winning Broadway actress and mom reveals the game was more difficult than she had anticipated.

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“It was a bazillion times harder,” Winokur admits. “If they had said, ‘You are going to be sequestered and we are going to go for 10 more days,’ I would have been like, ‘I can’t do it.’ It’s so much harder than I ever thought.”

Despite Winokur winning the $250,000 prize – with some fans questioning if her “mom factor” helped secure the six to three vote – Mathews made a memorable exit, earning $25,000 and the title of America’s Favourite Houseguest.

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Admitting he had to step out on a few toes to secure his finale spot, the 38-year-old TV personality says he wouldn’t change a thing, explaining, “America’s player means more to me than the title of winner.”

Mathews also earned a few points after doing some digging into fellow houseguest and former political aid to the Trump administration, Omarosa Manigault.

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“Someone should be giving me a journalism award,” Mathews quips. “I see Omarosa is in the house – I know what you need. You need the scoop. So what did I do? In the middle of trying to win the whole thing, I got you the scoop.”

Meanwhile, speaking with Wong, Manigault reveals that despite not winning the game, the 44-year-old reality TV star would be happy to continue her “Big Brother” experience into Canada. “I love ‘Big Brother Canada’,” she says. “I’m a huge fan and hopefully I will be able to come up and see one of the finales.”

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