AceShowbiz - "Celebrity Big Brother (US)" found its winner in the Sunday night, February 25 episode. After two weeks full of ups and downs, the "Big Brother" spin-off crowned its champion among the remaining five houseguests, %cMarissa Jaret Winokur%, %cRoss Mathews%, %cAriadna Gutierrez%, %cMark McGrath% and %cOmarosa%.
The episode kicked off by featuring Ross being crowned as the new HoH in the final 5 HoH competition. He later nominated Ariadna and Omarosa to be evicted, bringing realization to the latter that she needed to fight to survive.
As for the final Power of Veto competition, the contestants were required to match the correct days for when events happened by climbing on a wall. The person with the most right in the fastest time won. Both Ross and Marissa got 8 days correct, Mark got 6 and Ariadna got 4. Meanwhile, Omarosa only got 1 right. As Ross finished the challenge in less than 6 minutes while Marissa took over 12 minutes, Ross won the PoV. However, he didn't use his PoV. Omarosa's fate was sealed as both Marissa and Mark voted to evict Omarosa during the live eviction.
They continued with the final 4 HoH competition with the winner having to eliminate two people and choose one person to go to the Final 2 with. Marissa won the final HoH and voted Ariadna and Mark for the eviction.
With Ariadna and Mark being eliminated, the final 2 saw the battle between BFFs Ross and Marissa. When asked by the jury, consisting of nine other eliminated houseguests, what they regretted the most, Marissa said it was hard when she had two friends on the block, while Ross regretted making a Final 2 deal with Brandi on Day 2.
Getting most votes from jury, Marissa was crowned as the first-ever champion of "Celebrity Big Brother" and claimed the $250,000 prize. But Ross wasn't going home empty-handed. He took home $50,000 as the runner-up as well as another $25,000 as America's Favorite Houseguest after besting Shannon and James.