Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the reality star explicitly stated that he thought “it was s**t” and “didn’t enjoy” being a contestant.
He explained that a lack of alcohol played a major factor in this bad experience, “I remember saying to them [producers] you’ve stuck a 27-year-old party boy in a house with no tools. I mean, I know Charlotte was in before me and I think with Ofcom, the amount of complaints because I know she p***ed the bed and stuff like that. I think they calmed down on the drinking aspect and I drink a lot. Like I drink a hell of a lot.”
Reflecting on whether appearing on the show impacted on how he viewed Big Brother, the 35-year old said “I thought it sort of ruined my experience being in there of the actual TV show because I remember before I was thinking I could go and smash it up, but there were certain times where I think they knew what they [producers] wanted and the direction they wanted to go with it as well.”
The Geordie Shore star also revealed that a certain contestant refused to get ready for eviction nights due to their contract which kept them safe until the final “We were all up for eviction and Gary Busey was sat in his pyjama bottoms and his jacket. So, I remember I think it was Dee [Kelly] saying, oh, Gary, you’re not going to get ready for eviction night and he was like no, it’s in my contract, I’m in here until the final.”
Ricci also spoke about the boredom of being on a reality show like Big Brother:
“When I was in, we were only doing one game a day, for one hour, Me and Tosh [David McIntosh], were doing laps of the garden watching the planes go by and I remember saying that there was only so much working out, you know, and press-ups and stuff that you can do in there.”
When asked whether he thought that next year’s Big Brother reboot on ITV2 and ITVX would do well, Ricci responded enthusiastically saying: “Yeah, one hundred percent, I think on ITV it will do wonders. You can’t go wrong with ITV at all, it’s huge.”
He then went on to say: “I think it’ll have a different sort of show it will be a different flair and different influx of people and it’ll have its own nice sort of view to it, where it will be different to the other one, but the same but I think because of the numbers that are on ITV now It will just do crazy so I’m excited, I’ll watch. I’ll tune in.”
Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Faye Winter and Saara Aalto here.