Kim Kardashian West's bestie shocked the housemates when he chose to leave the show on Monday (11 January), just over a week into the new series.
Returning to the real world – and taking control of his Twitter account again – the 41-year-old said: "Thank you guys for your support and the thousands and thousands of messages supporting me in Celebrity Big Brother! I love you so much #CBB."
Among those supporting Chebs had been fellow US reality stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who finished runner-up in their own series of Celebrity Big Brother.
When news of Jonathan's exit broke, Heidi tweeted: "I can't believe @JonathanCheban quit #CBB !!! NOOOOO!!! He was AMAZING!" Her husband Spencer simply said: "Noooooooooooooooooooo."
Jonathan, who regularly appears in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, said he quit the show because it wasn't any fun anymore and he was hungry because of the shortage of food.
"I feel terrible leaving them like that because I do love them but it had to be done tonight. I felt it was the night for me and everybody and it would be the best thing," he said.
"The personal reason for leaving is I came to the end of the rope here and the house is turning and I don't want to stay for that second part of it. I tried to entertain the gang in there and laugh but no one is laughing anymore and you run out of things to do with them.
"You start to know everything about everybody and there is nothing else to talk about except food and as I'm the most hungry person all the time and there is no food left, it would have been a rough night for me! The sign of no food left was a sign for me to go!"
Jonathan broke the news to the housemates by saying: "It's obviously nothing to do with you guys, I just had enough. I need to go home. I'm going to miss you guys. I'll be watching!"