Rylan Clark-Neal made secret Big Brother appearance at 14 years old

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Rylan Clark-Neal made a very unusual appearance on Big Brother long before he became a Celebrity Big Brother winner.

The This Morning and Ready Steady Cook star became one of the faces of Big Brother following his CBB win, presenting its spinoff show Bit on the Side and now hosting Channel 4 retrospective Best Shows Ever within Davina McCall.

During Thursday's edition of Best Shows Ever, the duo were joined by former Big Brother's Little Brother host Dermot O'Leary — and Rylan revealed that he actually had an on-air encounter with Dermot as a teenager.

"I remember being about 14 years old and coming home from school one day and I went around the perimeter of the house like a proper detour on my way home, and we screamed over the garden wall and we run," he recalled.

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"Security chased us, and you were live up on the tower filming Big Brother's Little Brother 'cos I remember it was about six o'clock. You turned round live on Channel 4 and went, 'Oh, we've got some people down there that are just being chased by security. You're on telly now!'"

The former Bit on the Side host then pointed out the irony of that moment: "Little did I know, all those years later, I'd be doing that job!"

Rylan has also revealed that he was shortlisted as a potential housemate for Big Brother 8 in 2007, but was pulled from the line-up at the last minute.

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"It all came out in the paper, it was the front page of the papers that I was going in," he explained on This Morning. "And back then the rules were very, very strict – if you got found out you didn't go in. And I never let it go!"

It all seemed to work out for Rylan in the end!

Big Brother: Best Shows Ever continues on Sunday at 9pm on E4 with the infamous George Galloway/cat episode.

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