After 97 days, host Julie Chen declared the new winner of the CBS reality competition

By Patrick Gomez
Updated September 25, 2014 08:10 AM
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After 97 days, 15 evictions and one marriage proposal, Big Brother 16 has a winner!

Victoria Rafaeli, Derrick Levasseur and Cody Calafiore began their Big Brother adventure alongside 13 other contestants – including Ariana Grande‘s brother Frankie. But one by one, their fellow houseguests were sent packing until the final three were left to face off for the power to choose who would sit next to them in the finals.

Warning: If you don’t want to know who won, stop reading now!

Cody, a 23-year-old sales account executive from New Jersey, and Derrick, a 30-year-old police sergeant from Rhode Island, won the first two parts of the three-part competition and faced off against each other in the live, final challenge Wednesday night to see who would be the last Head of Household of the season.

After winning the tie-breaker question, Cody chose to send home Victoria, a 22-year-old photographer from Florida, and faced the jury of eliminated contestants while sitting next to his long-term alliance partner Derrick.

In a vote of 7-2, Derrick took home the $500,000 prize.

Not that he’ll be the one deciding what to do with his winnings.

“I had to play the game,” Derrick told host Julie Chen after winning the CBS reality show. “But [my wife] is the boss in the house.”

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