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I was on Golden Balls and was DEVASTATED by what happened on the show – even the studio audience were appalled

A GOLDEN Balls contestant has revealed that his rival who stole £100k on the ITV game show NEVER reached out after he split the money.

Golden Balls produced many shocking moments – including when contestant Sarah 'stole' over £100k from her rival Stephen Bushnall in 2008.


Stephen said he was in floods of tears after the show, while the audience were screaming expletives at Sarah.

The show saw contestants collect cash and bluff their way to the last round – the two contestants then choose to share or steal the money in the final round.

"As soon as the show ended, I was literally head down in tears for 15, 20 minutes. I was devastated," he told the Daily Star 14 years on.

"I heard one woman shout from the audience, 'You f***ing b**ch, I hope you f***ing die in hell'. I heard that, and she got whisked straight off the stage."

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The devastated player said Sarah never contacted him and admitted that "she has to live with that decision".

"When I was in the dressing room Sarah was brought back out to do her end piece to camera. Since then, she's never tried to contact me. She's never spoken to me," Stephen continued.

Stephen added that he was later supported by host Jasper Carrott and the rest of the team, who took him out for a meal following the show.

He went on: "All the way during the night, I kept asking, 'How is Sarah? Is she okay, is she upset?' and Jasper kept saying, 'Why are you bothered about her?'

"But I can't change who I am. I just kept asking, 'Does she have people around her, is she being looked after?'

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"At the end of the day, she played the game. I went with nothing and I left with nothing, but now she has to live with that decision.

"She's the one who is going to get the grief, and in that moment all I could think was, 'She’s going to get hounded for this, and is she okay?'"

Stephen, who competed on the show twice but lost both times, said the production team even passed his details onto Sarah but she "never shared a penny".

Asked what would he say if he met Sarah now, Stephen said: "I'd just want to know why she stole. Why she didn't contact me after the show to at least split some of the money, if not half.

"I'd say, 'I hope you enjoyed the money. You stole it, you got it, I hope you put it to good use and didn't just squander it."

The popular game show ran for six series between 2007 and 2009.


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