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Sunday July 23 8:35 PM ET
'Big Brother' Contestant Stirs Talk

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - William Collins, who
stirred up controversy as a ``Big Brother''
contestant, proved as feisty Sunday outside the
confines of the CBS reality-TV show.

In Collins' first news conference since he was voted off the show Thursday, the Philadelphia youth counselor said he was prepared for any threats.

``I believe in my God and I believe in my gun,'' Collins told the Television Critics Association, noting that he had a permit to carry a weapon.

Collins riled his fellow contestants by playing pranks on them and engaging in heated discussions on race. He created headlines outside of the house because of his connection with the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

Wearing the floppy orange hat he sported on ``Big Brother'' and carrying a Bible, Collins dodged questions about his political beliefs but spoke at length about his religious devotion.

``You've seen me with my gun, but you haven't seen me with my God,'' said Collins, apparently referring to a photo showing him armed at a 1998 rally held in Texas to protest the dragging death of a black man.

Collins said he believed his verbal confrontations with his fellow housemates, which include whites, a black woman and an Asian-American man, were valuable.

He helped them reassess their ideas about blacks and to consider the idea that minorities should be a respected part of the American melting pot, Collins said.

He complained that ``Big Brother'' failed to show him as a complete person, excluding shots of his devoted prayers while making hay out of his conflicts.

Series executive producer Paul Romer defended the series' editing, saying that 24 hours of footage had to be boiled down to the most compelling 22 minutes for each episode.

During a ``Big Brother'' interview Thursday, Collins said he had been a member of the New Black Panther Party. The group is headed by Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who was ousted by the Nation of Islam for calling Jews ``bloodsuckers.''

Collins refused to discuss his own political stance or his relationship with Muhammad, saying ``I don't want the press to play Don King between me and brother minister (Muhammad).''

Most of the ``Survivor'' castoffs and series producer Mark Burnett also made an appearance Sunday before the TV critics group. Both Collins and the ``Survivor'' group were shielded by security guards while offstage.

Asked about the bodyguards for Collins, network spokesman Chris Ender said, ``We're not aware of any threats, but we took extra precautions.''

For the ``Survivor'' contestants, mum was the word when it came to discussing the show's $1 million winner to be revealed in the Aug. 23 finale.

``Everybody already knows who the winner is ... Mr. Burnett and CBS,'' joked Gretchen Cordy. The series has been a summer hit for the network and a sequel set in Australia is planned for January.

More than 6,200 applications for ``Survivor II'' have been received in a quarter of the time it took for the first show to reach that number, Burnett said.


Thursday August 3 1:19 AM ET
Jordan Is Kicked Off 'Big Brother'

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Birthday girl Jordan got a gift from ``Big Brother'' viewers: She got the hook.

The former stripper Wednesday night became the second of 10 contenders to be booted from the camera- and microphone-bugged house on the CBS ``reality'' series, which airs the residents' antics six nights a week.

Jordan, a Minneapolis resident who turned 27 Wednesday, and Curtis, a New York City lawyer, were marked for expulsion by a house vote last week.

Then viewers took over. In a phone poll, 78 percent of callers picked Jordan for banishment. Curtis was chosen by 22 percent. CBS would not divulge how many people voted.

The last remaining houseguest when the series concludes in September will win a half-million dollars.

The bad news was conveyed to Jordan by Julie Chen, who anchored the live hour from a Los Angeles studio adjoining the house.

Smiling bravely, Jordan hugged her housemates in the living room and again on the front doorstep. She toted her backpack and dragged her swimming-pool raft down the front walk. Outside the chain-link fence, she embraced her waiting boyfriend.

Then, in the studio, she faced a debriefing.

Chen asked Jordan her reaction to being out.

``I feel foreign to everyone outside the house,'' she said.

Was she surprised that she made such a negative impression?

``It depends on how they edited me,'' she replied.

Would she consider posing for a nude pictorial?

``I'd consider it,'' she said, ``but the chances are close to none.''

During the program, viewers were given a glimpse of the Minneapolis topless club where Jordan danced for two years.

``She will come back,'' predicted Blake, one of her former colleagues. ``She hasn't cleaned out her locker.''

The broadcast also included instant analysis from Dr. Drew Pinsky, known as a health and relationship specialist. The viewers, he told Chen, ``are tending to vote out people who create instability in the house.''

The first to be ousted two weeks ago was William, a 27-year-old youth counselor and black activist from Philadelphia. He had spent much of his time fighting with fellow residents.

Since ``Big Brother'' premiered on July 5, Jordan had similarly tried her housemates' patience. She was characterized by several of them as a manipulator and provocateur.

She displayed wide mood swings, on one occasion seen weeping in bed in the middle of the night. ``I'm totally losing it right now,'' she wailed into her body mike, ``and I don't know why.''

While each week's five other episodes are taped highlights, ``Big Brother'' features an around-the-clock Web site that streams live sight and sound.

It was here on computer screens that Jordan could be spied preparing for the worst Wednesday, an hour before she learned her fate on the telecast.

``I bought such cute clothes for the show,'' she declared, packing her things.


Thursday August 17 12:19 AM ET
Karen Ejected From 'Big Brother'

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - She wanted it. She begged for it. She got it.

Karen, the often-emotional mother of four, was plucked from the ``Big Brother'' house on Wednesday's live broadcast of the CBS reality series, which airs the residents' behavior six nights a week.

Laughing and crying on hearing the news, she hugged her housemates and wished them well, then made her exit.

``It's what she wanted,'' college student Eddie told the others who were left behind.

The object of ``Big Brother'' is to stay in the house, not leave. But on a past episode, Karen had pleaded with viewers to spring her with their phoned-in votes, so she could rejoin her children back home in Columbus, Ind.

She got her wish.

``I'm ecstatic,'' said Karen, weeping as she joined host Julie Chen in the Los Angeles studio beside the house. ``I get to see my kids. That's all I wanted to do.

``I wanted the experience (in the house), and I got it, and now I just want to be a mom.''

Not only was Karen reunited with her kids after 43 days' absence, she was also confronted during the show by Tom, her husband of 22 years, about whom she had spoken harshly to her housemates (and millions of viewers). They hugged and kissed.

Seven houseguests remain in the camera- and microphone-bugged house now that Karen has met the same fate as former stripper Jordan two weeks ago, and youth counselor William, who was kicked out July 19.

The last remaining houseguest when the series concludes in September will win a half-million dollars.

Last Wednesday, Karen and her housemates each nominated two members to be expelled. In a tie vote, Karen was one of three marked for banishment.

After that, viewers got in the act. In a phone poll, 76 percent of callers chose Karen to be ousted. Cassandra, a United Nations communication officer, was picked by 15 percent. Civil engineering student Josh got 9 percent. CBS does not divulge how many people phoned in.

``Big Brother,'' which premiered on July 5, airs every night but Sunday. But unlike Wednesday's live, hour-long broadcast, the other installments feature half-hour, taped highlights.

CBS also maintains a ``Big Brother'' Web site, where the houseguests can be viewed in real time in streaming video.


Monday September 11 07:26 PM ET
Web Page Battle for Brittany

By Yahoo Entertainment News (Author unknown)

The ratings may have soured, particularly now that Survivor is over, but there are diehard Big Brother fans out there who actually care what happens in the prefab fortress.

With the ejection of pierced virgin Brittany last week, the Big Brother brethren, those so addicted they follow the show on the 24/7 Webcams, have become particularly disgruntled.

Fans say Brittany's banishment was unfairly orchestrated by the wife of houseguest George, the goofy roofer/family man. Apparently unbeknownst to George, his wife, Teresa, waged a campaign in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois, to get Brittany booted off. George's wife felt the multicolored-haired houseguest was George's biggest competition in winning the $500,000 grand prize. The phone-in votes, which usually cost 99 cents, were paid for by a Rockford company.

Now, some peeved fans have launched the Give Brittany Justice Petition, expressing outrage at the organized campaign to remove the houseguest.

"We, the undersigned, believe it was an unfair act to allow, on the television reality show Big Brother, free calls to be made against only one certain "houseguest", who was Brittany," the petition states. "This show states that the outcome of the winner would be based on the popularity, not one houseguest's hometown."

The petition goes on to ask for Brittany to be either reinstated in the house or at least an apology.

So far more thant 15,000 Brittany boosters have signed the petition, even though CBS would never bring her back.

Other sites, such as BanishGeorge.com, are urging fans to write the Federal Communications Commission to complain about unfair game-show practices (such codes were written to prevent a repeat of rigged game shows, as was the case in the 1950s).

"What happened with George's hometown calling, they did nothing to break the rules," said a spokeswoman at CBS. "We miss Brittany too."

Although CBS refuses to give precise tallies (they're probably afraid to reveal how few people are calling the 900 number), a rep says the Rockford bloc wasn't enough to sway the vote.

Meanwhile, a producer of the show says the Internet fans are a bit too absorbed in the goings-on. "People who follow the show on the Internet are a much different breed than the television audience. They hang on every word," John Kalish tells the Los Angeles Times.

Despite Kalish's comments, we're guessing CBS loves the attention the show gets on the Web. Especially when the show's attempt to goose ratings--like offering one of the housemates to take $50,000 to leave, so producers could bring in a rowdier roommate.

And although their outcry has been unheeded so far, fans might soon get some justice.

On Friday, during a living room pow-wow shown online, George said he might be willing to sacrifice himself and leave the house--if CBS is still willing to pay him the $50,000. And on Saturday afternoon, all the contestants mulled a group walk-out next Wednesday.


Tuesday September 19, 2000
Happy Exit From 'Brother' 'Hood

by Donna Petrozello, Daily Staff News Writer

Regarded by many as the voice of reason on "Big Brother," ousted housemate Cassandra Waldon says she's happy to have been cast on the CBS reality show, but wants to leave the cocooned fortress behind her.

Waldon, who was booted last week after 46% of "Big Brother" voters picked her for game-show exile, says she "hasn't watched a tape or read newspaper stories" about the show since she left.

"I'm trying to stay true to the experience that I had there," she tells The News.

Waldon and nine other strangers turned into summer shut-ins when they were cast for the show, which was produced for CBS by Holland's Endemol Entertainment.

Since July 4, the bunkmates have lived in a house built on a CBS studio lot in Los Angeles. The structure is outfitted with video cameras and microphones that watch, and can broadcast, their every move. Waldon was the fifth person to be booted off the show. One of the remaining group, made up of four men and one woman, will emerge $500,000 richer when the show ends Sept. 29.

A 37-year-old communications officer for a United Nations development program that addresses global poverty, Waldon was often the one housemates sought for advice about personal problems or help on coping inside the "Big Brother" domicile.

Although she says life inside the house wasn't boring, "there was a lot of down time" on the show, as well as "times that it was overprogrammed."

Waldron contends that producers "overstressed" the housemates with predesignated activities, or "challenges," such as pedaling a stationary bike for hours on end or dancing for up to nine hours a day.

"I didn't feel that they were trying to control our actions in the sense of our daily lives, because nothing was scripted," she says.

"But they pulled the strings about the challenges in terms of when we could do certain things and what we couldn't do."

Back in New York yesterday after a weekend spent getting reacquainted with friends and family, Waldon says she hopes that her association with "Big Brother" might help her professionally. But she says she "hasn't thought about" pursuing endorsements or guest spots on late-night interview shows, like the opportunities that have come the way of ex-castaways from CBS' top-rated "Survivor."

Talent agents and media analysts, noting that "Big Brother" contestants drop from sight while "Survivor" castaways continue to rack up showbiz deals, agree that's probably wise.

"I don't think this cast will have the same appeal as the 'Survivor' cast because 'Big Brother' just didn't get the ratings that 'Survivor' did, and I don't think the personalities were as interesting," says talent agent Sherri Spillane of the Ruth Webb Talent Agency.

"American viewers haven't embraced the 'Big Brother' cast the way they embraced the 'Survivor' castaways," says media analyst Tom DeCabia of New York's Schulman-Advanswers. "There's no pools going on among people betting to see who'll get kicked out next. America just hasn't taken this 'Big Brother' cast into their homes."


Thursday September 21, 2000
There goes George: Rockford star's 'Big Brother' role comes to a close Boswell fails in bid for $500,000, but 'wins' a college scholarship for one of his daughters

by David Schulz, Rockford Register Star

Rockford's George Boswell left "Big Brother" with a bang Wednesday night.

As his last show left the air, studio host Julie Chen told Boswell and his family gathered in the studio that Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., had called earlier in the day to offer the Boswells a full four-year scholarship for one of their daughters.

So, Boswell and his family left the show in tears, much the way George entered the house back on July 5. The scholarship is worth an estimated $17,000 a year, according to the college's Web site.

"Is that awesome or what?" Boswell's wife, Teresa, asked. "We're still in shock."

Boswell drew 51 percent of the vote for banishment, becoming the sixth of the 10 houseguests to leave CBS's reality television show. But he was having a ball.

Dressed in a toga outfit, George got word he was leaving from Chen while he sat in the living room.

"It looks like I'm going," he shouted as Julie read the vote totals: Jamie 32 percent, Curtis 3 percent, Eddie 14 percent, and finally, George 51 percent.

"Good luck, guys," he said to the remaining houseguests as he walked to pick up his baggage. "You guys have all been cool. I'll see you at the finish line."

As he walked down the sidewalk, the gate opened and Boswell stepped into the real world for the first time in 78 days. His daughters -- Jessica, Nicole and Emily -- were there to greet him. Teresa and her sister, Diane Wing, waited until he reached the studio.

"Everything is OK?" he questioned his daughters as he hugged them. "Thank you, everybody," he shouted to the assembled crowd. Then he walked into the studio, where Teresa greeted him with a long hug.

"I can't comprehend how he feels right now," Teresa said later. "To be in the house that long, I think he was literally scared."

George seemed relaxed onstage.

"It's wonderful to be outside," he told Chen. "I left behind some of the greatest people I've ever known. They were absolutely fantastic to me."

Asked about "the plan" he and Teresa talked about in their 60-second telephone call several weeks ago and which touched off Internet controversy, George explained: "It was the plan to keep the grass cut, keep the house running and keep the bills paid. A guy who comes out in a toga does not have a plan."

The show's final round of banishment nominations will be on Saturday. The seventh houseguest will be banished next Wednesday, and viewers will vote from Wednesday night through Friday morning for the winner. The final show is scheduled Sept. 29.


Thursday September 28, 2000, 11:05 a.m.
Des Moines beauty queen banished from 'Big Brother'

by Mark Rahner Seattle Times staff reporter

This was one pageant Seattle-area beauty queen Jamie Kern didn't win.

Kern, the image-obsessed 23-year-old Miss Washington USA from Des Moines, was the final contestant to be "banished" from TV's "Big Brother" household last night. Characterizing Kern's stay in the camera-riddled house as relatively uninvolved, the show's official Web site said of her, "She stayed completely focused on one thing and one thing only: her image."

Kern lost a phone-in viewer poll to three male finalists known on the show only by their first names: Curtis, Eddie and Josh.

Kern is the last of the 10 original house guests to be excised with no prize money.

One will leave during tomorrow night's finale with the $500,000 grand prize. That choice, too, will be made by a phone poll.

Kern's instincts as a beauty-pageant contestant apparently kicked in when the news was announced last night on live TV. She registered no emotion as she congratulated the other three.

CBS' "Big Brother" is one of a spate of recent "reality shows" in which a group of average people is gradually pared down to one big cash winner. "Big Brother's" contestants live in a house completely wired with video cameras, allowing no privacy and no interaction with the outside, save for occasional banners flown by pranksters overhead.

Kern's family flew to Los Angeles to be at the "Big Brother" set when the banishment results were announced on live television.

"We're going to give her a big hug," her stepfather, Dennis Kern, said before departing.

She was just being herself on the show, said her mother, Nina Kern.

"She's not trying to put on any kind of an act or anything like that. She's a thinker. She thinks before she speaks most of the time. . . . Some people have said she's too quiet, but that's the way she is."

Nina Kern said she doesn't know what her daughter's post-show plans are. An acceptance to Yale University for an MBA program has expired, but not one to Columbia. And she will promote her Miss Washington USA title, her mother said.

But pageant official David Nold fumed, "Jamie has had less involvement as Miss Washington USA than any titlist I've ever known. Jamie focuses on promoting only Jamie, not Washington, not the pageant, only Jamie."

Nold is vice president and general legal counsel for Northwest Pageants, which runs the Miss Washington and Miss Oregon USA pageants. Angered when Kern's talent representatives issued a statement last week claiming she represented the state well on the CBS show, Nold said, "She hasn't done anything to represent Washington state." Dennis Kern responded that the family had had a "very, very uncomfortable association" with the pageant, and claimed that it was, in fact, Nold who wouldn't return his stepdaughter's calls.

Nina Kern called "Big Brother" a once-in-a-lifetime chance for her daughter. But hearing the assorted slams on her - including less-than-flattering remarks from the show's analyst, Dr. Drew Pinsky - was never easy.

"Some of the banners that have been flying over the house - some of them are just mean. There are some mean people out there," Nina Kern said. After seeing one banner that accused her daughter of being two-faced, the family paid for a banner with a supportive message on it to be flown above the house.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

Copyright 2000 The Seattle Times Company


Friday September 29 9:37 PM ET
Eddie Wins on CBS' 'Big Brother'

by JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 88-day endurance test is over. Eddie McGee, the blunt New Yorker who lost his left leg to cancer, won a half million dollars as the survivor on the CBS reality show, ``Big Brother.''

Fans of the show overwhelmingly chose the University of Texas student over the other two remaining contestants, New York lawyer Curtis Kin and Californian Josh Souza, in a live telecast on Friday.

``It's wild,'' he said after learning he won. ``My heart is pumping so hard. I have to remind myself to breathe.''

He outlasted nine other contestants who entered the specially built house July 5 on a California soundstage. Their every move was followed by cameras and microphones, with the frequently dull results airing as much as six nights a week on CBS.

Souza, who gave McGee a warm hug, won $100,000 as the second-place finisher. Kin won $50,000.

The brash McGee, a wheelchair basketball star, alienated some of his fellow contestants with his blunt talk and determination. He said Friday, though, that he never expected to win.

McGee said he hoped to pay off some debts and help his brother with his college education.

``I'm going to look forward to having a real great holiday season,'' he said.

It brings to an end a series that never proved as successful in the United States as it did in other countries, largely because American viewers never warmed to the cast members and were bored with their daily lives.

While a critical bust, ``Big Brother'' was a modest financial success for CBS. Over its run, the show's average of 9.1 million viewers was 9 percent higher than summer reruns fared in the same time slots a year ago. But it did much better among young viewers that advertisers love and CBS often can't attract.

The more interesting contestants were voted out quickly. First to go was William Collins, who engaged the gang in provocative racial discussions and was later found to be a member of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

Hoping for romance and conflict, producers found little of either. The only kiss shared by McGee in a highlight reel shown Friday was with a dog.

Earlier this month, producers tried to entice someone to leave the house with an offer of $50,000. They hoped to replace a less exciting contestant with an attractive and combative young blonde woman, but none of the occupants took the bait.

At one point, six remaining houseguests talked about walking out en masse. That idea fizzled, too.

When the final female contestant, former Seattle beauty contest winner Jamie, was voted out on Wednesday, viewers were left to choose by telephone vote among the three men.

Still, CBS and the show's producers were reportedly discussing a second ``Big Brother'' run for sometime next year. Networks are trying to stockpile reality shows in anticipation of a potential actors strike next year.

``We're pleased with the ratings the show has delivered and we do see tremendous potential in the concept,'' CBS spokesman Chris Ender said.

``But there's no official word regarding another edition.''


Wednesday, July 11, 2001 10:50 PM ET
'Big Brother' Contestant Kicked Off Show
By Steve Gorman


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A contestant on the CBS reality series ``Big Brother 2'' was kicked off the show on Wednesday after he put a knife to the neck of a woman ``house guest'' he was kissing and said, ``I'm going to slash your throat,'' network officials said.

The contestant, known only to viewers as Justin, the muscular 26-year-old bartender and office worker from Bayonne, New Jersey, was expelled a short time after the 12:30 a.m. PDT incident involving fellow player Krista, 28, a divorced mother and waitress from Louisiana, with whom he had been getting cozy.

The two contestants had been ``partying'' earlier that night and appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol during their encounter, a network source said. No one was hurt.

The incident, which occurred after hours, did not air on television but presumably was seen by anyone watching live, round-the-clock video footage from inside the house shown on the show's Web site, (http://www.cbs.com/primetime/bigbrother/) network officials said.

CBS officials said Justin, who had emerged as the foul-mouthed tough guy on the show, was previously warned about unruly behavior after stealing the pillow of another house guest during Tuesday night's episode.

``To ensure the safety of all house guests, intimidation, violence and even the threat of violence will not be tolerated,'' CBS said in a statement announcing his expulsion.

Executive Producer Arnold Shapiro said in the statement that Justin's conduct ``crossed the line of tolerable and acceptable behavior and was a blatant violation of the house rules we established. As much as we like Justin, we really had no choice but to expel him from the house.''

Shapiro later told Reuters the 30-second incident was ''bizarre'' and completely unexpected.

``This certainly wasn't a stunt that was staged by anyone,'' Shapiro said. ``It was a spontaneous event that Justin thought would be funny, and it wasn't.''

The CBS version of the wildly popular European-born reality show isolates 12 strangers together in a specially built house wired with 38 cameras and 62 microphones that monitor their every move over the course of nearly three months.

Responding to criticism that the first edition of the CBS show last summer was often dull, producers said they had hoped to spice up the second edition by casting individuals who were more competitive, uninhibited and outgoing. In Justin, Shapiro said, he ended up with someone who went too far.

According to a CBS account taken from a transcript of the encounter between Justin and Krista, the two were intermittently kissing and talking in the kitchen of the house when Justin picked up a large knife and put it to her throat and said, ``Wait, hang on. I'm going to slash your throat. Would you get mad if I killed you?''

Without appearing to react, Krista replied, ``No, but I want some water.'' Moments later, he repeated the question, ``No, seriously, would you get mad if I killed you?''

Justin then put the knife away, the two kissed again and parted company before producers spoke up over an intercom, instructing him to talk to a staff psychologist in the ``diary room,'' a chamber where contestants occasionally communicate with producers on camera, Shapiro said.

He said no one physically intervened during the incident because it was over in 30 seconds and producers were too far away to get to the kitchen immediately. He added there was no sign that Krista was alarmed by Justin's behavior.

``I was not getting an audio feed at that moment, I'm just getting a picture, so I had to go with facial expressions,'' Shapiro said. ``He was not out of control, he was not ranting, and she was not shrieking in fear. So the body language was totally opposite from the bizarre thing he was doing.''

Shapiro said Justin later told him, ``'You know I would never hurt anybody''' and acknowledged having had three beers earlier that night but did not appear to be intoxicated.

While conceding that the episode could spark greater interest in the show, Shapiro said it left him shaken.

``I was quoted as saying in TV Guide several months ago that the outrageous reality shows would eventually lead to somebody's death,'' Shapiro said. ``But I was not referring to a reality show where 12 people live in a house. I was referring to some of these action-adventure ones where people are doing things that only professional stunt people should be doing.''

He did not elaborate.

The network said Justin's removal would not affect the series' normal ``eviction'' process, in which contestants vote one person off the show every week, with the last person remaining winning $500,000. Shapiro said the other contestants were told only that Justin was removed for breaking the rules.

``Big Brother 2'' is a revamped version of the show that drew middling ratings last summer. Its premiere July 5 attracted 8.2 million viewers, placing it roughly in the middle of the ratings pack for the night.

``Big Brother'' is not the first reality show to eject a player from the program in mid-production. One of the couples enticed to cheat on each other during the Fox series ''Temptation Island (news - Y! TV)'' in January were kicked off the show when it was revealed they were parents together, contrary to rules putting the show off-limits to couples with children.

CBS is a unit of Viacom Inc.


Friday, July 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
Caught in the Middle, Sheryl Is Out Of The House
The Early Report, Early Show


LOS ANGELES - In a house divided, a strategy backfired and the likable houseguest Sheryl was kicked out of the Big Brother house. Sheryl Braxton, the 43-year-old divorced mother from Ponte Vedra, Fla., was the first person banished by her fellow houseguests on the reality show's second season. Sheryl visited The Early Show to talk about what really went on in the house.

"I really wasn't surprised at all. I was truly expecting it. I thought there might be a little bit of a twist in it, but, all in all, I really had expected it to happen," said Sheryl.

Along with Nicole, Sheryl was nominated by Mike to be banished from the house. Mike, as head of the household, had a plan to pit Sheryl against Nicole, thinking houseguests would go for Nicole since Sheryl was so well liked by everybody. But it all went wrong.

"What ended up happening was a little twist in there, where everybody started pitting against each other. And it was chill town versus hot box," said Sheryl, explaining that one of the bedrooms was really hot and the other was always freezing.

She happened to be in the cold room and so she was associated with "chill town." Nevertheless, there is nothing chilly about Sheryl; Will from Miami described her as very hot. "Sherry is your smoking mom. She's just hot. Every way you look at her, she's sexy. I can't think of any fault in her as a hot mom. She's just smoking," he said.

Though she said she doesn't consider herself a hot mama, Sheryl was flattered by the comment.

When asked if she really knew about why the producers kicked Justin out of the house, she said she had no idea. "I guess Krista actually might know," she added.

"Basically, he was being egged on. And, you know, and that's really what got him into trouble," she said.

Justin was invited to appear on the show along with Sheryl, but he declined.


Thursday, July 19, 2001 11:16 PM PDT
Autumn Evicted On 'Big Brother 2'
by Brill Bundy Zap2it, TV News


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - She should have stayed in the car.

Thursday night (July 19), Autumn, the aspiring singer/songwriter from Irving, Texas was the second guest voted out of the "Big Brother 2" house by a vote of 7 to 0. Ironically, her fellow nominee was Kent, who had won the SUV the first night in the house by playing mind games with Autumn, who gave up less than two hours into the competition.

Autumn refused to let the others see her out, and explained to Julie Chen that, "I wanted to walk out the same way I walked in -- independent and strong." Her resolve was weakened when Chen showed her a series of video clips of the housemates voting her out and giving their reasons and best wishes, and she became teary-eyed. However, Chen did not show her the clip of Hardy (who Autumn had climbed into bed with on her first night in the house, only to be rebuffed) saying, "I can't wait until she's gone. I'm going to do a little dance."

Krista confided that having a refrigerator stocked with Dr. Pepper was the best perk of being Head of Household. She also said that she hoped that Hardy or Monica would be the next one, saying that the three of them call themselves UT for "Untouchables."

Her wish was granted when Hardy won the title in a number game remarkably similar to last week's. He will make his two nominations for eviction on Saturday.

In other news, the "romance" between Chilltown compatriots Shannon and Will continues to pick up steam. In an interview with Shannon's boyfriend of 16 months, Jim, said, "I feel I deserve an explanation for it in the end" in reference to the blatantly sexual behavior between the two.

"She uses what God gave her," Jim admitted begrudgingly.

A new poll was also opened. Viewers can call in to a 900 number and vote whether the housemates should receive either a) a pull-up bar; b) a massage chair; or c) a toaster. Each call costs 99 cents.


Thursday, July 26, 2001 11:20 PM PDT
Chill Town's Shannon Left in the Cold
by Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com, TV News


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - "Big Brother 2" lovebirds Will and Shannon have been separated. After accusing Head of Household Hardy of trying to ruin her happiness by pitting her against love interest Will, Shannon was unanimously voted out of the "Big Brother 2" house on Thursday night (July 26).

"She's a trooper," Will said of his departing friend, before seeking comfort from Nicole in a long intimate hug. In perhaps the best moment of the evening, host Julie Chen aired comments from both Shannon and Will's mothers, both agreeing that after Shannon left the house, Will would probably move onto another girl.

Perhaps not so clueless, Shannon's exit interview with Chen revealed that she never returned Will's declarations of love and is unsure whether the two will have a future, although she did appear hopeful. When asked about the status of her relationship with her current boyfriend, Jim, Shannon replied that she would have to talk to him about that.

After an excruciatingly simple series of questions ("Does the toaster you won have more or less than 3 slots?" ), Kent won the honor of being the next Head of Household -- giving The Other People group power over the next elections. TOP members include Bunky, Kent, Monica and Nicole, who is also aligned with housemates Hardy and Krista.

Shannon's exit appears to end the reign of "Chill Town," comprised of co-conspirators Shannon, Mike, Will and sometime-partner Krista.

A new poll was also opened. Viewers can call in to a 900 number and vote which housemate should receive a call from a family member.


Thu, Aug. 2, 2001 11:43 PM PDT
'Big Brother 2's' 'Boogie' Bounced Out
by Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com, TV News


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Chill Town officially died as Mike, aka "Boogie," was voted off out of the "Big Brother 2" house Thursday night (Aug. 2). Sometime romantic interest Krista, who was also nominated for eviction by fellow housemate Kent, burst into tears as the show's host Julie Chen read off Mike's name. Mike was ousted off the show with four votes to one; Will was the sole person who voted for Krista.

The recap segment of the show showed a busy week at the "Big Brother" house. After Shannon was voted out of the house last week, Will approached Nicole about joining Chill Town. Meanwhile, with the girl Hardy says "rhymes with itch" out of the scene, there was nothing stopping the two self-described pretty boys from becoming fast friends.

The household tension continued to rise when Boogie yelled at Kent for nominating him for eviction and, despite the fact that Hardy had the week before nominated Will for eviction, the two made up and discussed strategies for staying in the game. In addition, we found out that Kent had struck a deal not to nominated Will out of the house.

Just before the identity of the departing houseguest was revealed, Krista lashed out saying that she felt she was portrayed as someone she isn't, although most of what she said was garbled by her strong Louisiana accent. One thing that was heard was her promise to payback Kent for singling her out for eviction. After leaving the house, Mike flirted with Chen while Krista sobbed in the bathroom, comforted by Bunky.

Talking with Chen, Boogie revealed that he became smitten with Krista upon entering the house and that she changed the game for him. Mike also shared that he and Will were the "stars" of the house, the rest were the "extras" -- since he feels he and Will were cast to make the show more entertaining.

At the end of the show, Hardy was renamed the house's Head of Household, saying he already knows who he plans to nominate.

The new question put to viewers of the show was which pet the contestants should be put in charge of for a week -- a potbellied pig, a hamster or a goldfish.


Friday, August 10, 2001 12:00 AM PDT
'It's Like Having a Root Canal': Kent Out of the House
The Early Report, Early Show


LOS ANGELES - The man who gave up smoking in the Big Brother 2 house got burned by his fellow houseguests. Kent Blackwelder, 46, a mortgage broker from Tennessee, was the father figure in the house. After a night to reflect on his eviction, he visited The Early Show to talk about what it's like to live in the house.

Kent has had real "ups and downs" in the Big Brother house. He started the game on a "good news/bad news" note, winning a "first day" competition for a mini-van, but aleniating colleagues and viewers by beating a financially disadvantaged, single mother in the process.

"It made things pretty difficult because, she is an unwed mother. And I did have several houseguests tell me that wasn't really good to do that. And that the women were kind of gunning for me. And I kind of came out of the car as the guy that had the crosshairs on his chest. And yeah, right out of the box, it was difficult stay in the house," Kent said.

He later started to win the respect of other houseguests, and always touted himself as the most honest and straightforward of the group. He came in as an almost-proud bigot, decrying gays whom, he said, 90 percent of the nation dislikes. He made fun of the fact that they label homosexuality as an "alternative lifestyle." Then, surprising everyone, he became best friends with the house's only gay resident, Bunky, whom Kent saw as honest and gentle and caring, a genuinely good guy.

"I said from the day that I came into the house that I have a certain feeling about homosexuality, and it didn't change. But, I also believe that Bunky and any other gay person has a right to enjoy their sexual lifestyle any way they care to. That's not any of my business. But what is my business is whether or not I want to engage in that lifestyle and I don't want to," Kent added.

When Kent won a "Head of Household" competition, which gave him a private room and the ability to nominate two people for eviction, some say the power went to his head.

"No, not really, "he said. "The head-of-the-household competition, for me, was nothing more than a validation of a group of folks that we had together that were voting a certain way, " explained Kent. "We had a group of about four or five people that were trying to, I guess, make a statement to another group in the house that we didn't appreciate some of the hurtful things that they were doing. So when I was head of the household, I went to that group and said whom do you want me to nominate? Whom do you want me to throw out of the house?"

Shortly thereafter, Kent ran out of cigarettes, and as a two-pack-a-day man, he decided to use the opportunity to quit. Big Brother gave him "the patch," but he was still understandably cranky and out-of-sorts the last couple of weeks.

He had a major blow-up with Hardy on Tuesday night's show, a screaming match in which he accused Hardy, generally seen as a great guy, of being the most manipulative person in the house.

"You know, I really thought that Hardy was a real good friend. And I guess I was a little disappointed that I found out that he was saying some things about me to other houseguests and he was lying to me. But it's a game. And it's a difficult game. And I'm happy to be back with my family and out of the house." said Kent.

Early on, Kent also had a run-in with Justin, who became almost violent with Kent. They had an argument over pillows that led to a "warning" to Justin from Big Brother about his unacceptable behavior. Justin went even further later, playfully putting a knife to Krista's throat in a strange form of sexual foreplay. That incident got Justin kicked out of the house by Big Brother producers.

Kent is the sixth person to leave the Big Brother 2 house. When asked how he would describe his time there, he said: "The phrase root canal comes to mind."

"I didn't think that there would be that many people in the house that were, shall we say, that competitive in terms of doing whatever they had to do for the money. It was a difficult place to stay," He added.

Kent now joins the list of fellow castoffs: Mike, Shannon, Autumn, and Sheryl.


Friday, Aug. 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
When Loyalty Doesn't Pay: Krista Out of the House
The Early Report, Early Show


LOS ANGELES - The tables have turned in the Big Brother house. Krista, who had been more-or-less "America's Sweetheart" on the show, is out and Nicole, who was the first nominated to be voted out, proved to be the one holding the strings in a puppet show. Krista Stegall visits The Early Show to talk about what it was like to live in the house.

August 16 was eviction day for Krista at the Big Brother House. After 47 days, Bunky, Hardy and Will confessed live in the diary room that they had to vote Krista out to be in the game. Nicole as head of household had made it clear.

"Bottom line is, two people are a power," she said, noting Krista 's and Monica's bond was too strong and it needed to be broken in order for any of them to succeed at the game.

"I was put on the spot at that moment to turn against my best friend in the house, which is Monica Bailey, and she has been the best friend that I've encountered in a very long time," said Krista. "And I could not do it. So basically, that's why I was up for nomination."

When asked if the game was what she expected, Krista said: "I went through a lot of mental trials in my life, but this has definitely taken the cake. I would never, ever put myself in that position again."

A native of Opelousas, La., Krista talked about loyalty and expressed her desire to stay in the game. She had reminded Will about the promise he had made to former Chill Town member Mike Boogie to help her stay in the game. But she could not count even on his vote.

"You have to lose a piece of yourself to win that money. And at that point in the game, I was no longer willing to do that. I wasn't raised that way. And I didn't expect it to go down that way. And I stand up for my friends," Krista said.

Early on in the game, Krista was the center of controversy. She was a bit drunk getting "friendly" with Justin, who was also reportedly a bit drunk. While they were kissing, Justin picked up a sweeper and said, "How would you feel if I bashed your head in." She took it as a joke. He then got a large kitchen knife, held it to her throat, kissed her, and said, "How would you feel if I killed you?"

"When Julie asked me about this, I had no recollection of what she was talking about because we were basically joking around,"Krista said of the incident. "They blew that completely out of proportion. Justin is just a fun guy. I really don't have the memory of the knife. Maybe my eyes were closed at the time, but I never viewed him as a threat. So it wasn't part of my strategy. I just didn't remember it. It shocked me to see that, that it had something to do with me," said Krista.

"I really didn't take it serious. If you know Justin and if you've lived with him, then you know completely, he's off the hook. He's nuts. He's funny," she added.

Krista admitted she was bothered by what her 11 year-old daughter, Laken, might have seen on Big Brother.

"But I didn't lie to anyone," she said. "I didn't deceive anyone. And I hope, you know, I don't ever want her to do that and think that money's more important than friendship or loyalty or education. Because money means nothing to me and I've instilled that in her to go for goals and work for them. So I think Laken knows how much I love her. She is my life; without Laken, I have no life. Everything I've done up into this point in my life has been for her. She is the most wonderful child in the world."

Krista also developed a strong friendship with Mike Boogie, with whom she was paired up for eviction before. During the final week Mike was in the house, they cuddled in the same bed. Krista cried when he was evicted from the show.

Since Krista had mentioned she missed Mike greatly and was looking forward to seeing him again, Big Brother invited Mike back to welcome her to the real world. He greeted her with flowers.

"My brother walked in, and I needed him so bad," she said. "And then Boogie walked in with roses and I needed him almost as bad because he just came out of the same situation I was in. It was the best feeling that I felt in 40... I don't even know how many days, I haven't had a calendar, how many days I was in there. But I'm definitely very happy to be out. And I love my friends and family."


Friday, August 31, 2001 12:00 AM ET
Bunky: "It Wasn't Meant To Be"
The Early Report, Early Show


LOS ANGELES - Apparently, nice guys don't finish first -- at least in the Big Brother house. Bunky Miller seemed like one of the show's most considerate and sensitive houseguests. But Thursday night, he was shown the door. The seventh person evicted visited The Early Show to talk about the game.

It was Bunky's first nomination; for Will, the other nominee, it was the third. Each one had one vote: Monica voted to evict Will, and Nicole voted to evict Bunky. As Head of Household, Hardy broke the tie.

"It wasn't meant to be," said Bunky, who spent the first night out of the house catching up with his partner, Greg.

"I feel very fortunate to have been selected as one of the 12 people to be in the Big Brother house. And I wasn't surprised that Hardy and Nicole evicted me. And that's fine," he said.

Bunky had been "under the radar," so to speak, showing his emotional and sensitive side quite often.

"I don't think being in a confined space made me cry more. I'm just not ashamed of my emotions, and so when I had to let it out, I let it out, and I didn't try to hold back. I mean, the person that you saw there is me. That's Bunky," he added.

He cried particularly when he was forced to evict his friend Krista. "I hated that part of the game. But sometimes you have to vote out your friends in order to stay in the game. And keep from getting nominated yourself. And that was a very, very painful to do," he said.

As for the tension he experienced living in the house and his expectations, he said living there was "pretty crazy."

"I went in the house thinking that everyone was going to try and get along, and I was just amazed at how many people would just explode and yell at other people and not even be considerate of other people. It just really amazed me. But that's the way it goes," he said.

But not all the tension was bad for Bunky. He said his experience was life-altering, since he tried new things and learned a lot about himself. Also, with the help of Will and Hardy, he was able to drop about 17 pounds.

In the last few weeks, Bunky came on as a very strong player, almost winning a Head of Household competition. He won $5,000 in a food competition that forced his fellow houseguests to eat nothing but peanut butter and jelly for four days, and he won two "luxury competitions."

As Head of Household, Hardy saw him as a threat and ended up choosing him over Will in a tie-break -- even after Hardy had vowed to bring the last member of "Chill Town" down, nominating Will for a third time.

Now that Bunky is out of the house, it is up to Monica, Nicole, and Will to battle for the Head of Household title.

"I'm thinking that if someone other than Nicole can win Head of Household, then Will and/or Monica, either one of them, I think would nominate Hardy and Nicole and break up the bully and the bitch," said Bunky, who just wishes his friend Monica to win.

Big Brother is taking the Labor Day weekend off. Find out what happens to the rest of the houseguests on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m./ET.

Bunky now joins the list of fellow castoffs: Krista , Kent, Mike, Shannon, Autumn, and Sheryl.


Fri, Sep. 7, 2001 00:12 AM ET
'Big Brother 2's' Will Has the Next to Last Laugh [Hardy Out of the House]
by Brill Bundy, Zap2it.com, TV News


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - After biding his time for several weeks, "Big Brother 2's" Will finally got the chance to avenge his "girlfriend" Shannon's eviction on Thursday (Sept. 6) night.

Being the one and only vote that mattered, Will understandably sent Hardy packing over Nicole. In the past Hardy had nominated Will for eviction three times and had also nominated Shannon when she was forced to leave.

Will's decision to deliver his judgment face-to-face, rather than via host Julie Chen was the highlight of the episode, seeing as how the show seems to be running out of steam with each house guest who leaves.

Hardy's reaction to his sentence was an even-keeled, "No problem."

Will's summary: "My only regret is that I can't evict them both."

The first half of the hour was spent recapping the evolution of Monica from the other house guests' first impressions that she was flying under the radar, to her finding focus once friend Krista was evicted to how winning Head of Household changed her life in the house for good.

According to Monica, if there was a movie about her time there it would be called "How Monica Got Her Groove Back."

The next, crucial Head of Household (since whoever wins will pick the person to be in the final two with him or her) will be determined in a three-part competition over the next week.

Part 1 was a series of seven questions about the evicted house guests opinions of each of the three remaining. Will was on the ball about other people's takes on his personality and so far he leads with 5 points to Nicole's 4 and Monica's 2.

Part 2 of the competition will take place next Tuesday (Sept. 11) and the two house guests with the highest combined scored from tonight and then will go on to battle it out on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Finally, a new America's Choice question was opened. Viewers can call 1-900-740-1000 to vote on which of the remaining house guests they would like to have a live internet chat with this Sunday (Sept. 9) at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.