Social media is abuzz after Chesterfield’s James Hill was crowned winner of Celebrity Big Brother.
The 28-year-old businessman – who appeared on BBC show The Apprentice last year – said he couldn’t believe he won the reality TV series.
On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Rebecca Jones said: “Well done, James – you did Chesterfield proud.”
Gem Outram said: “He changed my opinion of him through the course of the programme. He’s done himself proud. Congrats!”
Claire Lawrence said: “Well done, James, putting Chesterfield on the map. Maybe you weren’t a celebrity when you went in – but you probably will be now.”
Lynne Taylor-Styles Parkes said: “The best man won.”
Charlotte Mason said: “Celebrity Big Brother isn’t anything to be proud of. For a start they aren’t even celebrities and I wouldn’t waste my life watching it.”
Rob Miller said: “Boring! I’ve just won a pub quiz! Beat that, James.”
Andrew Everett said: “Who is James Hill?”
Barry Dyke said: “I’m not really bothered. There are more important things happening in the town – a leaf just fell from our tree.”
Over the last four weeks, James won many fans by keeping a steady head inside the fractious house while other contestants lost theirs.
Fans also enjoyed watching an intense bromance between him and American model Austin Armacost.
The pair, who shared a bed and showers, were aptly the final two contestants in the famous house.
James left the abode to cheers and celebrations.
In his winner’s interview with host Emma Willis, he said: “I can’t believe it.
“I’ve been myself – I’ve tried to put people first and think about their feelings.
“I didn’t have a strategy or a game – I just went with my heart and my gut.”
He also described himself as a “loner” and said Austin was sent for him.
On Twitter, @RockGirlFiona said: “James is such a kind, geniune and honest guy. He handles any situation thrown at him well. He’s a true winner.”
@bekkimurphy said: “He’s such a kind-hearted man!”
@bethhoganx said: “I can’t get over how amazing James is.”
James, of Chatsworth Road, was hoping to win the hit Channel 5 TV series after a tough few months personally.
In May, he and his dad Jason Hill admitted “serious” health and safety breaches which put the lives of staff and customers at Havana Whites in Corporation Street, Chesterfield, at risk.
He was fined more than £6,000 while his dad – who was described as “potless” and depressed during a hearing at Chesterfield magistrates’ court – was ordered to pay out more than £10,000.
Meanwhile, one of James’s companies, Aspire Specialist Care Ltd, is in the process of being liquidated.
He resigned as a director of the firm – which ran the disgraced St Jospeh’s Specialist Care Home – last September ahead of his appearance on The Apprentice.
James said that since his resignation from he company he has had no involvement in the running of the home in Newbold Road, Chesterfield.
Last month, the Care Quality Commission published a shock report on standards at the home following an inspection in May which resulted in five residents with learning difficulties being moved to alternative accommodation.
The home is now shut.
A 49-year-old Matlock man who was arrested on suspicion of assault following the home’s closure remains on police bail pending further enquiries.