Camp comic Julian Clary won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother on Friday.
The flamboyant comedian, 53, who had been the bookies' favourite to win the reality television show, walked out of the house in his trademark make-up to cheers from the crowd.
Having won the public over with his friendship in the house with former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear, he admitted to getting emotional after winning the viewers' vote.
"It doesn't happen very often," he said, adding: "I haven't won anything in my life, what is my mother going to say?
"You've made a 53-year-old homosexual very happy."
Clary found fame with his cabaret act The Joan Collins Fan Club, accompanied by his pet Fanny the Wonderdog, going on to host shows such as Sticky Moments for Channel 4.
He caused a stir in the early 1990s with a near-the-knuckle joke about then chancellor of the exchequer Norman Lamont at a live TV awards show which led to a period in the wilderness.
But he bounced back to work on shows such as Prickly Heat, as a guest host on Have I Got News For You and as a regular panellist on Radio 4's Just A Minute.
Clary has also won acclaim for his memoir, A Young Man's Passage, and has published two novels.
He pipped former Loose Women presenter and singer Coleen Nolan, who finished second and former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, who despite being tipped as the second favourite, could only finish third.
The other remaining housemates going into Friday's final were Team GB judo competitor Ashley McKenzie, Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino from US TV show Jersey Shore and former So Solid Crew rapper MC Harvey, who was previously married to Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon.
Former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear and Milan-born Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who starred in US series The Bachelor, were voted off on Wednesday in a double eviction.
Other stars to be voted out since the show started in August include model Jasmine Lennard, former EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison - known to viewers as Heather Trott - and glamour model Rhian Sugden who hit the headlines after exchanging racy text messages with television presenter and DJ Vernon Kay.
Celebrity Big Brother broadcaster Channel 5 said the celebrity show would return in January 13, in just four months time.