Six years ago, on this day, a truly memorable and chaotic TV gaffe aired live on Celebrity Big Brother. Angie Bowie said the words “David’s dead” to Tiffany Pollard, who then mistook David Gest for David Bowie in a comedy of errors that Shakespeare himself probably couldn’t have made up if he tried…
Let’s refresh our memory and cast our minds back to how the classic reality TV moment happened, shall we?
When the news broke that music legend David Bowie had tragically died from cancer, his ex-wife Angie was starring in Big Brother alongside reality TV favourites Gemma Collins, Tiffany Pollard, as well as Kim Kardashian’s BFF Jonathan Cheban, soap star royalty and Darren Day.
After Angie was informed by producers of her ex-husband’s death, she was clearly emotional and sought comfort from Tiffany – in a move that she would soon regret.
“David’s dead”Angie told Tiffany the news. Tiffany, in shock, fell to the ground and began crying and weeping. “No, he’s not”She denied it.
While you may think Tiffany simply may be a big Bowie fan – that’s not exactly why she appeared so emotional…
Angie is just the first name “David,”Tiffany mistakenly thought that Tiffany was referring directly to David Gest, a fellow CBB housemate and film producer, who was at the time ill, lying in bed with his covers over his head as if he was being laid to rest.
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Tiffany was convinced David Gest had recently died from cancer. Tiffany fled the scene without Angie explaining and told her fellow housemates, who were still in the garden of the tragic but incorrect news.
Of course, the housemates dashed into the bedroom to find out for themselves if was true and quickly discovered it wasn’t the case when Darren pulled back the covers to find Gest was in fact alive.
Anger, confused by Tiffany’s anger, asked her what she had done. Tiffany separated from Angie. Daniella Westbrook told her: “You told her that David was dead with cancer,”Angie responded: “Yes, he is.”
Westbrook responded: “He’s in there asleep,”Angie hummed and responded to David Gest’s point of view as she pointed out the location. “David – my ex-husband.”
Angie, who was still grieving the loss of her husband and father to her child as the fallout of the mistake continued, was in tears. “a mess.”
This is a wild rollercoaster ride.
The best part is that Tiffany refuses to admit that she made a mistake when she realizes she has got the wrong David. She blamed Angie for her error and insisted that she say: “David Gest is dead.”
But if you roll back the tape, we all know those two words that came out of Angie’s mouth.
As TV fans reminisce over the chaotic events that followed, they are capturing this iconic moment on social media.
While the misunderstanding of epic proportions is still discussed to this day by many, Gest had planned a tour to refer to the case of mistaken identification called: “David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul”She tragically passed away from stroke after just a few months of leaving Celebrity Big Brother.
Tiffany took advantage of the moment to sell other items “David’s Dead”To rectify her bizarre mistake, T-shirts were made. Unfortunately, the T-shirt was thrown out by Gest, who died shortly after.
Gaz, host of Big Brother On Blast podcast, recalled the classic TV mixup. Metro.co.uk : “This comedy of errors is an iconic ‘wrong end of the stick’ fiasco that transcends the fleeting nature of reality TV and lives on in our minds, and memes, rent-free. A moment so ridiculous it just couldn’t be written.
“It really was the storyline that kept on giving – a perfect storm that only Big Brother could have created. Surely it’s time for a return to our screens? I’m looking at you Channel 4!”