IT WAS the end of an era last night as the final episode of Big Brother aired, and at least one Coffs Coast resident was watching with tissues in hand.
Six years ago, Star FM disc jockey Jess Hardy was a contestant on the second series of Big Brother, and she admitted yesterday that watching the final episode would be an emotional experience.
“It's a bit of a sad farewell,” Jess said.
Jess spent 77 days in the Big Brother house, which led to a further six-part series Marty and Jess: An Outback Wedding, in which she married fellow housemate Nathan 'Marty' Martin.
However, the storybook marriage didn't last and the couple separated 15 months after saying 'I do'.
But Jess looks back on her time in Big Brother with fondness.
“It had great meaning for me, I had a ball,” she said. “The whole experience is like a big home video and it's sad to see it end.”
Big Brother has been running for eight seasons and has seen more than 160 housemates go before the cameras.
The series once attracted up to 2.8 million viewers but is now averaging only one million viewers per episode, despite spiced up appearances by party boy Corey Worthington, style guru Carson Kressley and Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson.