'I took it personally' - The Traitors' Brian explains his unforgettably chaotic exit

Virgin Radio

11 Jan 2024, 14:45

The Traitors' Brian.

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The roundtables during the new series of The Traitors have been as tense and unforgettable as ever, and none more so than the one which led to Brian’s exit.

After being labelled a “sheep” by the group as part of one of the missions, the contestant raised the issue at the roundtable, which became increasingly chaotic and intense, and ultimately led to him being banished from the game.

Speaking about the seminal roundtable experience, Brian exclusively told virginradio.co.uk: “It  was kind of like an imperfect storm” 

Explaining that being called a sheep “didn't bother me too much” he nonetheless admitted that “it was definitely playing on my mind,” and that “ it got worse and worse”. 

Revealing that he “didn't then want to follow my plan of being a sheep,” the contestant told us: “I actually would have probably voted for Ash, which would have meant that she was voted out, but because it was playing in my head. I was like, What am I going to do? So I need to change my tactics here and actually think for myself.”

The Glasgow-based photographer continued: “There were a few people around the table that I was very close with… Paul and Ross, primarily… and when they didn't back me up, I was like, ‘Why are they not backing me up? Are they being a Traitor and thinking, ‘Oh, this is chaos. Chaos is good for a traitor. I’m going to sit back and let this happen’? So I was like, ‘Are they both traitors, or is one of them a Traitor?’ So I was like, ‘That's the only name I’ve got to put down’. So, I actually did put Ash first, rubbed it out, because I didn't really believe that. And then I put Paul.”

Saying that the show has taught him to trust his instincts more, he explained: “Even though I put Paul down, in that moment, again because I was all spun out and frazzled, I was like, ‘I don't think you're a Traitor’, because no-one's 100 percent sure when you put a name down. So actually, I should have just said: ‘You'd never backed me up, you're a Traitor, and I would have looked awesome!”

When we asked whether there was anything that the other players said that made him first panic or realise that he could be in the firing line, Brian replied: “It was primarily Jonny and Jasmine, saying just that I was quite nervous, and it's a shame because, obviously, you can't judge someone at the roundtable, because it's a nerve-wracking thing. You're sat there for ages in silence all judging each other, then you're arguing and it's a debate and I’m maybe not necessarily good in debates.

“I’d recently been diagnosed with ADHD before. So I was still coming to terms on this learning journey of myself, I'm still coming to terms with what I was like as a person, why I was having these thoughts and how many thoughts. So I was trying to get all that out at the same time. 

“And then the other thing was Jasmine said about me beating myself up about little things. I'd done something wrong in the scarecrow mission, and I'm always like, ‘Oh, for god’s sake, I've done this, and I'm an idiot’, but that’'s just me. So it came across really kind of rude, I think. 

He added: “I don't think she was being rude to me. But I took it personally, because it was something that I'm worried about myself. 

Despite his exit, Brian - even at the time - was aware that the roundtable was great telly. “It's really funny because the whole experience is so immersive. But I was still flip-flopping from, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy, I don't want to leave, life or death,’ to, ‘This is incredible’, watching it as a fan as well. 

“During the roundtable when it was crazy… I think it was seven different names at the start. And I was like, ‘This is such good TV’. But then I'd flip right back to ‘Oh my god’ panicking!”

We also chatted to Sonja about her banishment. Read all about it here.

The Traitors continues tonight, Thursday 11th January, on BBC One at 9pm. You can watch the first four episodes on BBC iPlayer now.