Pity or envy the houseguests of "Big Brother: Over the Top" that they still have no idea who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The digital version of CBS reality show has been taping since late September, and the HGs have been cut off from the outside world.
According to Entertainment Weekly, producers will tell the cast that Donald Trump was elected president on Thursday, November 10, two days after the election. It's the first time such major real-world news has reached the "Big Brother" house since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
"Information about outside news events has come into the house in the past through a competition or a live Q&A with Julie [Chen]," Executive Producer Allison Grodner told EW. "But most of this information has involved pop culture events like Kim and Kanye's baby name. Other than 9/11, we have not given the houseguests world news with as much magnitude as the presidential election."They'll tell a houseguest if there's a family emergency -- like when Frankie Grande and Derrick Levasseur both lost grandfathers in BB16 -- but usually the contestants just have to sit and wait and wonder. And this digital season is new, usually "Big Brother" airs in the summer, ending its seasons in September, without any houseguests in seclusion into November.
Here's the BB2 cast reacting to the 9/11 attacks:Grodner told EW she's interested in hearing what the BB:OTT cast thinks has been happening in the world and what factors may have influenced the election. "Remember, they missed the debates and all of the twists and turns of the October surprises and will not hear about any of that until they are evicted and back in the world."
Viewers, aka "America," have a large role in the digital season, and they recently nominated Alex for eviction. Shelby just spoke out on November 8, hoping America made a better choice for leader. She, Jason, Justin have been vocal in the past day about wanting Trump to lose, so it will be a shock to their systems to hear he's the new POTUS.
Here's what BB17 alum Jason said in a Diary Room session:
Jason DR- This election has very polarizing sides. I'm obviously a democratic gay liberal. Donald Trump is a crazy #BBOTT— Big Brother Daily (@BBDailyOTT) November 9, 2016
Jason DR- Anyone in Canada want to marry me? Cause I'll go really quick (if Trump wins) #BBOTT— Big Brother Daily (@BBDailyOTT) November 9, 2016
"Big Brother: OTT" streams on CBS All Access.
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