Big Brother 8 (U.S.)

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Season 8 (2007)
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Big Brother 8 was the eighth season of the American reality television series Big Brother. It is based upon the Netherlands series of the same name, which gained notoriety in 1999 and 2000. The series premiered on CBS on July 5, 2007 and lasted eleven weeks until the live finale on September 18, 2007. The eighth season saw little to no change in ratings. The season premiered to a total of 7.40 million viewers, the lowest premiere numbers for any season at the time. The season finale had a total of 8.51 million viewers, making it the second lowest rated finale at the time. In total, the series averaged 7.52 million viewers, only .4 behind the previous edition. Big Brother 8 featured a total of 14 HouseGuests, the same amount that was featured in the previous season. The series ended after 81 days, in which HouseGuest Dick Donato was crowned the winner, and Daniele Donato the runner-up.

The premise of the series remained largely unchanged from previous editions of the series, in which a group of contestants, known as "HouseGuests," compete to win the series by voting each other off and being the last HouseGuest remaining. One HouseGuest, known as the Head of Household, must nominate two of their fellow HouseGuests for eviction. The winner of the Power of Veto can remove one of the nominees from the block, forcing the HoH to nominate another HouseGuest. The HouseGuests then vote to evict one of the nominees, and the HouseGuest with the most votes is evicted. When only two HouseGuests remained, the last seven evicted HouseGuests, known as the Jury of Seven, would decide which of them would win the $500,000 prize. A HouseGuest can be expelled from the show for breaking rules, such as discussing nominations when not permitted. This season featured numerous twists that impacted the game. The main twist this season saw three pairs of enemies entering the house with each other; this did not impact the main format of the game. This season also introduced the "America's Player" twist, in which one HouseGuest took orders from the viewers in terms of evictions, nominations, and various other tasks.

Following their appearance on this season, numerous HouseGuests have went on to appear in various other editions of the series. In 2008, HouseGuests Eric Stein and Jessica Hughbanks returned to host a Head of Household competition for Big Brother 9.[1] During that same reason, HouseGuest Dick Donato returned to host a Power of Veto competition. That same year, HouseGuest Jen Johnson participated in a food competition for Big Brother 10 celebrating ten seasons of the series.[2] Jessica was later a potential HouseGuest for Big Brother 11, however, her "clique" failed to win Head of Household thus she was not granted access into the game.[3] In 2011, HouseGuests Dick and Daniele Donato returned to compete on Big Brother 13 as part of the Dynamic Duos twist.[4] In the first week, however, Dick chose to walk from the game due to personal issues;[5] Daniele came in 8th place.[6]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The season was first announced on February 1, 2007.[7] That same day, it was confirmed that Arnold Shapiro had stepped down as producer, opting instead to appear as the executive consultant.[8] On the decision, Shaprio stated he was "gratified that [he and Allison] were able to successfully ‘re-invent’ BB2 and turn the series into an annual summer hit." Grodner later stated "We consider ‘All-Stars’ sort of the end of an era, and now we’re getting a chance to start once again with a fresh cast and new twists."[9] Rich Meehan replaced Shapiro as the executive producer.[8] Casting for the season concluded on May 5, 2007.[10] Grodner later promised fans of the series that Big Brother 8 would be more interactive, commenting "It's not just about sitting down and watching television [...] We're a summer event that's always with you. I don't think any other show has that sort of reach."[11] Ghen Maynard of CBS later stated "This year, there are going to be some new things that make the show even more ubiquitous and interactive [...] there will be something die-hard fans will love. It will give them the opportunity to participate even more than they have in the past."[12] Shortly before the premiere, a cast list began circulating the internet; casting director Robyn Kass, however, denied that this was the real cast.[13][14] The cast was revealed on June 28, 2007.[15]

Prizes[edit]

The 14 HouseGuests this season were competing for the main prize of $500,000.[16] The winner of the series, determined by the previously evicted HouseGuests, would win the $500,000 prize, while the Runner-Up would receive a $50,000 prize.[17] Other than the main prize, various luxuries and prizes were given out throughout the season. In week two, during the second Power of Veto competition, Dick won a plasma TV.[18] On Day 23, during the fourth Power of Veto competition, Dustin won $5,000 and a trip for two to Barbados. On Day 30, during the fifth Power of Veto competition, a prize of $10,000 was offered to anyone who would step down from the competition, but no one did. On Day 44, during the sixth Power of Veto competition, Daniele and Amber won a secret trip outside the House, which was later revealed to them that it was to New York City to compete on the CBS game show Power of 10; Amber won $1,000, and Daniele did not win any money. On Day 50, during the first Luxury competition, Amber, Daniele, Jameka, and Jessica won a two-minute shopping spree of designer clothes inside the House. In the HoH competition on Day 62, a prize was rewarded to whoever could fill a jar the fastest with tea. The prize was a three-minute phone call home. Eric won this prize, but chose to give it to Jessica; she called her brother.

Broadcast[edit]

Big Brother 8 was broadcast on CBS from July 5, 2007 to September 18, 2007.[19] This season lasted a total of 81 days, an increase from the previous season. This season featured no additional changes to the schedule that was used in the previous edition, with episodes airing on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Sunday each week.[20] The Thursday episode, which aired at 8 PM Eastern time, featured the live eviction and subsequent Head of Household competition taking place. During the live eviction, the show was hosted by Julie Chen. The Sunday episode, which aired at 9 PM Eastern time, featured the food competition and nomination ceremony, as well as some highlights from the previous days. The Tuesday episode featured the Power of Veto competition and the Power of Veto ceremony, along with more highlights of recent events in the game. Some changes to the scheduling format were made. This year Canadian Broadcast network, Global TV, introduced an interactive Two-Screen Solutions game on their website, Big Brother 'In The House',[21] using NanoGaming technology. Viewers were able to make real-time predictions as well as answer trivia and instant recall questions while watching the show. The Big Brother fan with the most points each week won a TV, and the fan with the most points throughout the season won tickets to the wrap party. The contest started on Thursday, July 5, 2007 and ended on Thursday, August 30, 2007.[22]

The website for the series featured a "Love 'Em or Leave 'Em" poll, in which fans could monitor the popularity of the HouseGuests each week.[23][24] Much like the previous editions, the live feeds were also available again for this season. HouseGuests enter the house a few days before the premiere, and the feeds are not live for the first few days.[25] They later go live after the broadcast of the launch episode. This season saw the return of the spin-off series House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show.[26] HouseGuest Marcellas Reynolds did not return as co-host, and the series featured a different co-host each week. The web series aired thirty minute episodes on weeknights, and allowed fans to call in and express their opinions on the events of the game.[27] Evicted HouseGuests were also interviewed on the series following their eviction.[28] This season also introduced the Big Brother: After Dark spin-off series, which aired on Showtime Two nightly from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. Eastern Time.[29] The show served as a live feed into the house, and was edited only for slanderous statements and music copyrights.

House[edit]

House pictures were released on June 27, 2007. The house has an Alice in Wonderland theme and contains an over sized bedroom and a small bedroom. The small bedroom features a very small doorway and five beds which are only five feet long, while the over sized bedroom features shoulder-height beds and enormous drawers which need a ladder to reach. A third bedroom is decorated all in red, and two large, round beds sit in the center of the room. The walkway to the Head of Household room is a modernist inspired enchanted forest.[30] The living room features several colored mirrors, varying in shape and size. The living room is connected to the kitchen, which is connected to the HoH stairway and a hallway. There is one door in the hallway, which features a gym available to the HouseGuests. The hallway then leads to the bathroom, which features a lavish blue wall, and a shower which features a lion-shaped water spout.[30] The backyard contains animal-shaped topiaries, flowers, a swimming pool, and a spinning teacup, which the HouseGuests can sit in. As revealed during the "Majority Rules" competition, the teacup holds nine gallons of water, which the HouseGuests place their feet in. Workout equipment can also be found outside. There are also multiple lawn chairs that the HouseGuests may use to lay out in the sun. There is also a large couch under a roof by the sliding glass door that the HouseGuests may use in case of rain.

Format[edit]

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The format remains largely unchanged from previous seasons. HouseGuests are sequestered in the Big Brother House with no contact to or from the outside world. Each week, the HouseGuests take part in several compulsory challenges that determine who will win food, luxuries, and power in the House.[31] The winner of the weekly Head of Household competition is immune from nominations and must nominate two fellow HouseGuests for eviction. After a HouseGuest becomes Head of Household, he or she is ineligible to take part in the next Head of Household competition.[32][33] HouseGuests also take part in competitions to earn food for the week. The losing team will be forced to eat Big Brother Slop for the week. This is the second season to feature Slop as the punishment food, as it was originally peanut butter and jelly. The winner of the Power of Veto competition wins the right to save one of the nominated HouseGuests from eviction. If the Veto winner exercises the power, the Head of Household must then nominate another HouseGuest for eviction.[33][34]

On eviction night, all HouseGuests except for the Head of Household and the two nominees vote to evict one of the two nominees.[33] This compulsory vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room by the host Julie Chen. In the event of a tie, the Head of Household must cast the deciding vote, announcing it in front of the other HouseGuests.[35] Unlike other versions of Big Brother, the HouseGuests may discuss the nomination and eviction process openly and freely.[33] The nominee with the greater number of votes will be evicted from the House on the live Thursday broadcast, exiting to an adjacent studio to be interviewed by Chen.[35] HouseGuests may voluntarily leave the House at any time and those who break the rules may be expelled from the house by Big Brother.[36][37] The final seven HouseGuests evicted during the season will vote for the winner on the season finale. These "Jury Members" will be sequestered in a separate house and will not be allowed to watch the show except for competitions and ceremonies that include all of the remaining HouseGuests. The jury members will not be shown any Diary Room interviews or any footage that include strategy or details regarding nominations.[38]

This season featured numerous changes to the twist of the series. The main twists this season saw three sets of enemies entering the house together. This twist did not impact the main format, however, and HouseGuests were free to work with or against each other. Another twist this season saw one HouseGuest being "America's Player", and this HouseGuest was required to perform tasks for America. This allowed the viewers to also choose who this HouseGuest should target for eviction, as well as evict the HouseGuest of their choice. For the first Head of Household competition, Dick, Dustin, and Jessica were unable to compete, and were thus immune from the first eviction. This season also saw a Double Eviction week occur, making it the second season to feature this twist.

HouseGuests[edit]

The cast of the eighth season of Big Brother.

Top: Kail, Mike, Zach and Joe
Middle: Jameka, Daniele, Eric, Amber, Dustin, Dick and Nick
Bottom: Jessica, Jen and Carol
Name Age[I] Occupation Hometown
Amber Siyavus
27
Waitress Las Vegas, Nevada
Carol Journey
21
Student Haysville, Kansas
Daniele Donato
20
Waitress Huntington Beach, California
Dick Donato
44
Bar Manager Los Angeles, California
Dustin Erikstrup
22
Shoe Salesman Chicago, Illinois
Eric Stein
27
Talent Management Assistant New York, New York
Jameka Cameron
28
School Counselor Waldorf, Maryland
Jen Johnson
23
Nanny Beverly Hills, California
Jessica Hughbanks
21
Student Haysville, Kansas
Joe Barber
23
Receptionist Chicago, Illinois
Kail Harbick
37
Real Estate Agent Beaverton, Oregon
Mike Dutz
26
Painting Contractor Three Lakes, Wisconsin
Nick Starcevic
25
Unemployed Kimball, Minnesota
Zach Swerdzewski
30
Graphic Designer Tallahassee, Florida

^[I] Contestant's age at the start of the season.

Summary[edit]

On Day 1, Dick, Dustin, and Jessica entered the house through the Head of Household room before the others arrived.[39] The eleven remaining HouseGuests then entered the house, unaware of the fact that the three were already present.[39] Shortly after entering the house, the HouseGuests learn that the three are in the house before going outside to compete in their first Head of Household competition.[40] The HouseGuests then competed in the "Mushroom Madness" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests paired up into teams of two. Due to the uneven number of players, Nick chose to sit out. One HouseGuest, the "sitter", was required to answer questions while their partner spun on an over-sized mushroom. When the sitter answered incorrectly, their partner's mushroom began spinning faster.[39] The final pair remaining was Eric and Kail, meaning one of them would become the new Head of Household. The three upstairs then learned that they were given the option of selecting the first Head of Household; they chose Kail.[42] Due to them being unable to compete, the three HouseGuests upstairs were immune from the first eviction.[43] On Day 3, the HouseGuests competed in the "Butter Me Up" food competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were required to pour butter onto their bodies while their teammates attempted to take the butter from their body and fill up a tub of popcorn using their hands; the team with the most pounds of butter was the winner. The competition resulted in Daniele, Eric, Jameka, Jessica, Joe, Nick, and Zach being on slop for the week.[44]

Kail later formed an alliance with HouseGuests Mike, Nick, and Zach, which was commonly referred to as the "Mrs. Robinson Alliance".[45][46] On Day 5, Kail chose to nominate Amber and Carol for eviction, citing their performance in the Head of Household competition as her main reasoning.[47] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Daniele, Nick, and Jameka were selected to play; Jessica was selected to host. On Day 7, HouseGuests competed in the "Hide and Seek Veto" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests entered the house one at a time and hid a Veto box with their name anywhere inside. Once everyone had hid their boxes, they would attempt to find the boxes one at a time. When a HouseGuest found a box, they would bring it outside and that HouseGuest was eliminated from the competition; the winner would be the HouseGuest who's box was not found.[48] Daniele was the winner of the Power of Veto.[49][50] Jen began to annoy numerous HouseGuests, leading to her having numerous verbal arguments with Dick and Nick. This led to numerous HouseGuests hoping that Daniele would use the Power of Veto to allow Jen to be nominated.[51][52] On Day 9, Daniele chose to leave the nominations the same.[53][54] On Day 13, Carol became the first HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of ten to one.[55][56][57]

Following Carol's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Majority Rules" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, the HouseGuests were asked a series of questions about which of two HouseGuests would adhere to certain situations. The object was not to base the answer on personal opinions, but how they thought the majority would answer.[58] The minority of the voters were eliminated each round; if there was a tie, none of the HouseGuests would be eliminated.[59] Jen was the winner of the competition.[60][61] On Day 14, HouseGuests competed in the "Name That Pie" food competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests split into two teams and would bid on how many bites it would take to identify the two ingredients in a pie. If a player correctly identified the pie, they win a point for the team, but if they were unable to identify the pie, they would win a point for the opposing team; the first team to seven points would be the winner. The competition resulted in Amber, Daniele, Jameka, Jessica, Joe, and Kail being on slop for the week.[62] That same day, Jen chose to nominate Daniele and Dick for eviction, claiming that the two of them were the most negative people in the house.[63][64] On Day 15, Amber, Mike, and Joe were selected to play for the Power of Veto competition; Dustin was selected to host. Shortly before the competition, Jen made numerous statements to upset Amber, which led to numerous arguments in the house.[65] The HouseGuests then competed in the "Cutthroat Christmas" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were required to slide a curling stone down an icy path in an attempt to get it closest to the center; the person furthest from the center each round is eliminated. The eliminated HouseGuest from each round earns a prize, which can be taken from them at any time by another eliminated HouseGuest. Daniele was the winner of the Power of Veto for the second consecutive time.[66] On Day 17, Daniele chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Jen nominating Joe in her place.[67] Fearing he would nominate her if he won Head of Household, Kail began attempting to get the votes to evict Dick from the house.[68][69] Despite this, not even Kail's own alliance went along with her plan, thus ending the "Mrs. Robinson" alliance.[70] On Day 20, Joe became the second HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of nine to one.[71][72][73]

Following Joe's eviction, the HouseGuests competed in the "Getting Schooled" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were asked true or false questions in the style of classic high school classes such as History and Geography. Providing an incorrect answer resulted in a HouseGuests elimination; the last HouseGuest remaining was the winner.[74] Dick was the winner.[75][76] On Day 21, HouseGuests competed in the "Mission InPastaBowl" food competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests paired off to jump into two bowls of giant pasta which contained meatballs, each with different types of food written on them. The pairs had match up a specific "meatball" from tub A and tub B. When the two HouseGuests matched their meatballs, they won that food for the week. When the time ran out, the House would win any food collected in the competition.[68] That same day, Dick chose to nominate Jen and Kail for eviction.[77][78] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jessica, Nick, and Zach were selected to play; Eric was selected to host. On Day 22, HouseGuests competed in the "Mad Hatter" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests stood on top of a pedestal while balancing a martini glass on their head. The last HouseGuest remaining who hadn't dropped their cup would be the winner.[79] Jen was the winner.[80][81] During the competition, Mike told Dick to nominate him should the Veto be used, as Mike felt it would show the others that he was a loyal person.[82] On Day 24, Jen chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Mike being nominated in her place.[83] On Day 27, Mike became the third HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of seven to two.[84][85][86]

Following Mike's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Eliminator" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were asked questions about the previously evicted HouseGuests. If a HouseGuest answered correctly, they were able to eliminate one HouseGuest from the competition; an incorrect answer resulted in that HouseGuest being eliminated.[87] Dustin was the winner.[88][89] On Day 28, HouseGuests competed in the "Humpty Scramble" food competition.[41] For this competition, the HouseGuests paired off and had to find a series of colored puzzle pieces that matched their clothing and piece them together to make an egg. The first team that successfully completed their puzzle would not only win food, but put five people on slop. Jameka and Jessica were the winners; they chose to put Dick, Jen, Kail, Nick, and Zach on slop for the week.[90] Later that day, Dustin chose to nominate Jen and Kail for eviction.[91][92] Shortly following this, Amber, Daniele, Dick, Dustin, Eric, Jameka, and Jessica formed the "Late Night Crew" alliance, with the goal of evicting the other four HouseGuests.[93] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Daniele, Jameka, and Jessica were selected to compete; Eric was selected to host. Due to her religious beliefs, Jameka stated she would take Jen off the block should she win the Power of Veto as Jen had selected her name to compete.[94] On Day 29, HouseGuests competed in the "Vincent Van Veto" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests had to depict common Big Brother phrases in a series of picture puzzles. A correct answer would result in a HouseGuest gaining "Big Brother Bucks", while an incorrect answer would result in elimination. The winner of the competition would be the HouseGuest who had the most "Big Brother Bucks" at the end of the competition.[95] Jameka was the winner.[96][97] On Day 31, Jameka chose to use the Power of Veto to remove Jen from the block, with Nick being nominated in her place.[98][99] Feeling that Nick had voted against Kail the previous week, the Late Night Crew alliance hoped to see Nick go that week.[100] Following more verbal arguments with Dick, HouseGuests Jen and Kail contemplated walking from the game; the two ultimately decided to stay.[101] On Day 34, Nick became the fourth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of six to two.[102][103][104]

Following Nick's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Times Up" endurance Head of Household competition.[41][105] For this competition, HouseGuests were required to hang upside down on rocking pendulums; when a player fell off of their pendulum, they were eliminated from the competition. HouseGuests were also eliminated if their torso was raised above a bar located on the pendulum.[106] During the competition, a banner flew over the house which referred to Amber and Eric as being "liars".[107][108] This banner led Daniele to realize that Eric had voted to evict Kail the previous two weeks, and led to Daniele to begin turning against him.[109] Daniele was the eventual winner of the Head of Household competition.[110] During the competition, Daniele had promised Kail safety for the week in exchange for dropping from the competition.[111] On Day 35, Daniele chose to nominate Jen and Kail for eviction, with the hopes of backdooring Eric that week.[112][113] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jameka, Dustin, and Zach were selected to play; Amber was selected to host. On Day 36, HouseGuests competed in the "The Numbers Don't Lie" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, the HouseGuests had to bid on how many hours they would be willing to do a task. If a player had the lowest hours, they would be eliminated; putting the highest number resulted in elimination. Jen was the winner of the Power of Veto.[114][115] During the competition, Jameka agreed to sit out from the following five Head of Household competition.[116] On Day 38, Jen chose to use the Power of Veto to remove herself from the block, with Eric being nominated in her place.[117] Despite Daniele and Dick believing they had the votes to evict Eric, the remaining five members of the Late Night Crew decided to turn on Daniele and Dick and keep Eric.[118] On Day 41, Kail became the fifth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of four to three.[119][120][121]

Following Kail's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Let's Make a Duel" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests faced off two at a time and had to guess which evicted HouseGuest made certain statements in the Diary Room; the winner of each round would select the next two HouseGuests to face off.[122] Jessica was the winner.[123][124] Following this, Dick engaged in numerous verbal arguments with Amber, Dustin, and Jameka.[125] On Day 42, HouseGuests competed in the "For Those About to Slop" food competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests split into two teams and had to smash open guitars in an attempt to find dollar signs; the first team to find twenty would be the winners.[126] The team of Daniele, Dick, Dustin, and Jen were the losers, and were placed on slop for the week.[127] During the competition, Dick found a "Slop Pass", and chose to give it to Jen.[128] Later that day, Jessica chose to nominate Daniele and Dick for eviction.[129][130] Following their nomination, Dick began to verbally harass the entire house in an attempt to make sure the HouseGuests voted to evict him.[131][132] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jameka, Dustin, and Zach were selected to compete; Eric was selected to host. On Day 43, HouseGuests competed in the "Shot For Shot" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests attempted to drink numerous drink mixtures, with the HouseGuests earning one croquet shot for each drink they successfully finished. The HouseGuests then attempted to get the highest score in a game of croquet, and the HouseGuest with the most points was the winner.[133] Dick was the winner of the Power of Veto.[134][135] On Day 45, Dick chose to use the Power of Veto to remove Daniele from the block, with Dustin being nominated as a pawn in her place.[136] Eric, as America's Player, later learned that the viewers had voted for Dustin to leave, and he began campaigning against Dustin.[137] This led to Eric and Jessica forming an alliance with Daniele and Dick, with the goal of keeping Dick in the house.[138] On Day 48, Dustin became the sixth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of four to two.[139][140][141] He became the first member of the Jury of Seven.

Following Dustin's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Strange Visitors" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were asked true or false questions about intruders that had entered the house the previous day.[142] Daniele was the winner, making her the first person to hold the title of Head of Household twice this season.[143][144] On Day 49, HouseGuests competed in the "Slop Pong" food competition.[41] For this competition, the HouseGuests split into two teams of four. The HouseGuests had to throw volleyballs across the backyard in an attempt to score ten points; the first team to do so would be the winners. The team of Amber, Daniele, Jameka, and Jen lost the competition, and were placed on slop for the week.[145] Later that day, Daniele chose to nominate Amber and Jameka for eviction.[146][147] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Dick, Jessica, and Zach were selected to compete; Eric was selected to host. Before competing, the HouseGuests learned that the finalists in the competition would receive a special trip outside of the house.[148] On Day 50, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Speedway" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were required to guess what percentage of viewers made a certain statement, and the HouseGuest who is the farthest away from the correct answer is eliminated each round. Amber and Daniele became the last two remaining in the competition, thus won the special trip outside of the house.[149] Daniele was the winner of the Power of Veto.[150][151] On Day 52, Daniele chose to use the Power of Veto to remove Amber from the block, and chose to nominate Jen in her place.[152] That night, Amber and Daniele left the house and learned that they would be contestants on the CBS game series Power of 10.[153][154] Shortly after their departure, HouseGuests Dick and Jen engaged in numerous verbal arguments, causing much controversy outside of the house.[155] Following these events, Jen decided to eat food, thus violating the punishment she accepted in the "The Numbers Don't Lie" Power of Veto competition;[156] for this, Jen was given a penalty vote, meaning she automatically had one vote cast against her that week.[157] On Day 55, Jen became the seventh HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a unanimous vote of six to zero.[158][159][160] She became the second member of the Jury of Seven.

Following Jen's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Tanks For the Memories" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were asked questions about statements made by the first five evicted HouseGuests from this season; if a HouseGuest answered incorrectly, they were dumped into a tank of water.[161] Jessica was the winner.[162][163] On Day 56, HouseGuests competed in the "Shop 'til You Drop" luxury competition.[41] For this competition, the HouseGuests competed as men against women, and found letters in the outfits given to them, and were required to take of their clothing and form three words that pertain to the game with these letters. The women were the winners of the competition. For winning the competition, the women won a two minute shopping spree inside of the house.[164] Later that day, Jessica chose to nominate Amber and Zach for eviction.[165][166] When picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Daniele, Eric, and Jameka were selected to compete; Dick was selected to host. On Day 57, HouseGuests competed in the "Catscratch Veto" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were given riddles and had to search the backyard to find the rubber rat with the correct answer on it; the last person to find the correct answer each round is eliminated.[167] Eric was the winner of the Power of Veto.[168][169] Eric, as America's Player, was informed that he was not permitted to use the Power of Veto, and that nominations were required to stay the same as the viewers did not have time to vote for a decision.[170] On Day 59, Eric officially chose to leave nominations the same.[171] On Day 62, Amber became the eighth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of three to one.[172][173][174] She became the third member of the Jury of Seven.

Following Amber's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Tea Party" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were required to walk back and forth transferring cups of tea from a tea pitcher to a jar on the opposite side of the backyard. The first HouseGuest to fill up their jar and claim the ball inside would be the winner of the competition.[175] Zach was the winner.[176][177] During the competition, Eric won a phone call from home, and chose to give it to Jessica.[178] On Day 63, Zach chose to nominate Jameka and Jessica for eviction.[179][180] On Day 64, former HouseGuest Janelle Pierzina returned to the house to host the "The Janelle-O-Vision" Power of Veto competition.[41][181] For this competition, HouseGuests had to correctly identify which two HouseGuests' face made a mixed face swirl.[182] The HouseGuest with the most correct answers would win the Power of Veto. Daniele was the winner of the Power of Veto.[183][184] On Day 66, Daniele chose to leave the nominations the same.[185] Despite being in an alliance and assuring her safety, Daniele and Dick debated turning on Eric and Jessica by evicting her from the house.[186] Just before the eviction, the HouseGuests learned that it would be a Double Eviction night, and that a second HouseGuest would be evicted in a matter of minutes.[187] On Day 69, Jessica became the ninth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a vote of two to one.[188][189][190] HouseGuests then competed in the "Before or After" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests had to determine whether one event in the house occurred before or after, and the HouseGuest with the most points was the winner; Dick was the winner.[191] Following this, Dick chose to nominate Eric and Jameka for eviction.[192] Minutes later, HouseGuests competed in the "Niagara Balls" Power of Veto competition.[41] For this, numerous colored balls fell into the backyard, and the first HouseGuest to collect five green balls would be the winner; Zach was the winner of the Power of Veto.[193] He then chose to leave the nominations intact.[194] Eric then became the tenth HouseGuest to be evicted from the house in a unanimous vote of two to zero.[195][196][197] He became the fifth member of the Jury of Seven.

Following Jessica and Eric's evictions, the HouseGuests competed in the "Picture This" Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests were shown pictures on the Memory Wall from previous competitions throughout the season. They were then asked questions about details from the images, and the HouseGuest with the most correct answers was the winner.[198] Zach was the winner.[199][200] On Day 70, Zach chose to nominate Daniele and Dick for eviction, with the hopes of evicting one of them.[201][202] On Day 71, HouseGuests competed in the "Big Brother Decoder" final Power of Veto competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests had to match a clue to a HouseGuest's face that interlocked with another HouseGuest's face. Once that is done, the HouseGuests must twist the knob and match the HouseGuest with the corresponding number. The first HouseGuest to correctly label the many seconds they've been in the house would win the Power of Veto. Daniele was the winner, making it her fifth Power of Veto win.[203] This tied her with former HouseGuest Janelle Pierzina for the most Power of Veto wins in a single season; the two still hold the record.[204][205] On Day 74, Daniele chose to use the Power of Veto to remove her father from the block, with Jameka being the only HouseGuest eligible to be nominated in his place.[206] Minutes later, Dick cast the sole vote to evict Jameka from the house.[207][208][209] She became the sixth member of the Jury of Seven.

Following Jameka's eviction, HouseGuests competed in the "The Bunny Hop" endurance first round of the final Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, HouseGuests had to stand on a pedestal, while holding their key to the house, and jumping over a moving turnstile. The goal was to be the last remaining HouseGuest, and doing so would advance that HouseGuest to the third and final round of the final Head of Household competition.[210] Zach was the winner of this competition.[211] On Day 75, Daniele and Dick competed in the "Chain of Commands" second round of the final Head of Household competition.[41] For this competition, Daniele and Dick had to jump in a tank of water, collect puzzle pieces and place them in the correct order in a series of slots. The puzzle made a path that led from the first Head of Household to the last. Dick was the winner.[212] On Day 76, Dick and Zach faced off in the "Jury Statements" final round of the final Head of Household competition. For this, HouseGuests answered questions based on how they felt the previously evicted Jury members had responded. Dick was the winner of the competition, and immediately chose to evict Zach from the house.[213][214] This made Daniele and Dick the Final Two.[215] On Day 81, Dick was crowned the winner of Big Brother 8 in a vote of five to two.[216][217][218][219][220]

Voting history[edit]

Six of the fourteen HouseGuests entered the house with a "nemesis", a person from his or her past with whom he or she had feuded. These nemeses are indicated by matching colors in the chart. Beyond the personal effects of their histories and relationships, there was no direct effect on the mechanics of the game; nemeses were free to work with or against each other as they saw fit. America's Player, Eric, is represented by light blue. All of his votes were determined for him by weekly polls of the viewing public.

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Eviction votes received
Day 63 Day 69 Day 76 Finale
Head of Household Kail Jen Dick Dustin Daniele Jessica Daniele Jessica Zach Dick Zach Dick (none)
Nominations
(pre-veto)
Amber
Carol
Daniele
Dick
Jen
Kail
Jen
Kail
Jen
Kail
Daniele
Dick
Amber
Jameka
Amber
Zach
Jameka
Jessica
Eric
Jameka
Daniele
Dick
Daniele
Zach
Veto Winner Daniele Daniele Jen Jameka Jen Dick Daniele Eric Daniele Zach Daniele (none)
Nominations
(post-veto)
Amber
Carol
Dick
Joe
Kail
Mike
Kail
Nick
Eric
Kail
Dick
Dustin
Jameka
Jen
Amber
Zach
Jameka
Jessica
Eric
Jameka
Daniele
Jameka
Dick Carol Nominated Head of
Household
Nick Eric Nominated Jen Amber Jessica Head of
Household
Jameka Zach Winner
$500,000
3
Daniele Carol Joe Mike Nick Head of
Household
Dustin Head of
Household
Amber Jessica Eric Nominated Nominated Runner-up
$50,000
0
Zach Carol Joe Kail Kail Eric Dustin Jen Nominated Head of
Household
Eric Head of
Household
Evicted
(Day 76)
Dick 2
Jameka Carol Joe Mike Nick Kail Dick Nominated Zach Nominated Nominated Nominated Evicted
(Day 74)
Daniele 2
Eric Carol Joe Kail Kail Nominated Dustin Jen Amber Jameka Nominated Evicted
(Day 69)
Dick 5
Jessica Carol Joe Mike Nick Kail Head of
Household
Jen Head of
Household
Nominated Evicted
(Day 69)
Dick 2
Amber Nominated Joe Mike Nick Kail Dick Jen Nominated Evicted
(Day 62)
Dick 4
Jen Amber Head of
Household
Mike Nick Eric Dustin Nominated Evicted
(Day 55)
Daniele 66
Dustin Carol Joe Mike Head of
Household
Kail Nominated Evicted
(Day 48)
Dick 4
Kail Head of
Household
Dick Nominated Nominated Nominated Evicted
(Day 41)
8
Nick Carol Joe Mike Nominated Evicted
(Day 34)
6
Mike Carol Joe Nominated Evicted
(Day 27)
7
Joe Carol Nominated Evicted
(Day 20)
9
Carol Nominated Evicted
(Day 12)
10
Notes 1, 2 2 3 4 2, 5 2, 5, 6 2, 5 3, 5, 7 4, 5, 7 none 8
Evicted Carol
10 of 11 votes
to evict
Joe
9 of 10 votes
to evict
Mike
7 of 9 votes
to evict
Nick
6 of 8 votes
to evict
Kail
4 of 7 votes
to evict
Dustin
4 of 6 votes
to evict
Jen
5 of 5 votes
to evict
Amber
3 of 4 votes
to evict
Jessica
2 of 3 votes
to evict
Eric
2 of 2 votes
to evict
Jameka
Dick's choice
to evict
Zach
Dick's choice
to evict
Daniele
2 votes
to win
Dick
5 votes
to win

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 :      The nemeses (Dick, Dustin, and Jessica) were unable to participate in the Head of Household competition. Therefore, they were exempt from nomination but still able to vote for eviction. They were able to view the competition and selected Kail to win as she and Eric were the two finalists in the competition.
  • ^Note 2 : America's Player, Eric, completed his task since the HouseGuest that America wants Eric to vote for eviction was evicted.
  • ^Note 3 : America's Player, Eric, failed his task since the HouseGuest that America wants Eric to vote for eviction was not evicted.
  • ^Note 4 : America's Player, Eric, was nominated for eviction. There was no public voting for who Eric should evict, since nominees are not eligible to vote.
  • ^Note 5 : Jameka is not eligible to compete for Head of Household as she agreed to forfeit the next five HoH competitions during the Veto competition on Day 36.[221]
  • ^Note 6 : Jen broke a Big Brother rule on Day 52 by eating food while on a mandatory slop diet due to Week 5's Veto Competition. On Day 53 she received a penalty eviction vote against her on Day 55 in addition to all eviction votes cast against her by eligible HouseGuests.
  • ^Note 7 : Week 9 was a double eviction week. Following Jessica's eviction, the remaining HouseGuests played a week's worth of game – including HoH and Veto competitions, and Nomination, Veto, and Eviction ceremonies – during the remainder of the live show, culminating in a second eviction for the week. America's Player, Eric, had to obey viewers' wishes during the live episode.
  • ^Note 8 : Votes in the finale were cast for the HouseGuests choice to win, not for whom to evict. Only the last seven HouseGuests evicted voted. America's Player, Eric, voted for the person America chooses to win.

America's Player[edit]

At the end of each show (starting July 8), Eric was asked to complete a task that America specified by voting on CBS.com or by text messaging. For every five tasks Eric completed, he was rewarded with $10,000 (USD).[222] Viewers were able to vote on tasks from the end of an episode until midnight Pacific Time. The Thursday task involved pitching nominees to the Head of Household (HoH), the Sunday task was something interesting that might not affect the strategic game play, and the Tuesday task was swaying the opinion of the other HouseGuests on who to evict (unless it is he who is nominated). Once Eric received the task, he had to make a meaningful effort to complete the task. However, he could have decided how to complete the task. In addition, Eric cast his eviction vote for whom America chose to evict.[223] Eric was a jury member on finale night, and the viewers voted that Dick should receive Eric's vote to win the game.

The title "America's Player" did lead to a bit of confusion, since Canadians were still allowed to vote online. Allison Grodner, the executive producer, chuckled while telling Global TV, "We are certainly not trying to exclude any of our viewers so we will call this...the 'Canadian-American Player'."[224] or as Canadian fans might say, the "Viewer's Player".

Tasks Overview[edit]

Every week Eric was given three tasks he must attempt to complete. He was given the task in the Diary Room shortly after voting ended, which is midnight Pacific Time on nights that CBS airs episodes: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. As of Week 7, all tasks that were given on Thursday night dealt with Friday's nominations, all tasks given on Tuesday night dealt with Thursday's eviction, and Sunday's tasks varied but did not deal with either nominations or evictions.

Thursday's Task: If Eric had won the HoH competition on Thursday night then he would have automatically completed the Nomination Task. In this case the top vote getting in CBS's AP poll would have been nominated along with a second player of Eric's choosing on Friday night, and Eric's task would have been complete. When Eric did not win the HoH competition, then he had to convince the HoH to nominate the AP poll winner on Friday; however, if the HoH did not put up the player Eric/America was targeting on Friday, then Eric had a second chance to complete this task at the Veto Ceremony. Eric completed all but the last of his nomination tasks.

Tuesday's Task: When Eric was nominated for Thursday's eviction, his Tuesday night task was to flatter and do whatever it takes to make sure a specific person did not vote to evict him, and he completed this task if that person voted to evict the other nominee. When Eric was not nominated, then his Tuesday night task was to target one of the two nominees for eviction. Eric automatically voted for the winner of the AP poll, and he completed the task if the majority of HouseGuests voted to evict the same player he had been instructed to target. Eric successfully completed five of the eight tasks involving persuading the house to evict a nominee. The one time Eric was on the block and had to flatter Dick to secure their vote, he chose not to.

Sunday's Task: Sunday's tasks dealt with Eric's relationships in the House, or were attempts to shake things up in the House. They varied greatly in difficulty and consequences for Eric.

Task Results[edit]

Out of 28 tasks Eric completed 20, and failed 8, earning him a total of $40,000.[225]

Task No. Date given Description Options America's selection Result
1 Sun, Jul 8 It's time for Eric to reveal his soft side by making up a traumatic story about his past. Of all the HouseGuests, who should Eric pour his heart out to?
All other HouseGuests
Kail
Completed A1
2 Tue, Jul 10 Which of the two nominees do you want America's Player to vote out of the Big Brother House?
Amber, Carol
Carol
Completed A2
3 Thu, Jul 12 Of the remaining HouseGuests, who should Eric try to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Jessica
Failed A3
4 Sun, Jul 15 The HouseGuests each have their quirks, and Eric is about to develop a case of sleepwalking. Into which HouseGuest's bed should he crawl tonight?
All other HouseGuests, except HoH
Joe
Failed A4
5 Tue, Jul 17 Which of the two nominees do you want Eric to get evicted from the Big Brother House?
Dick, Joe
Joe
Completed A2
6 Thu, Jul 19 Eric may not be Head of Household, but he can still influence the nominations. Who should Eric get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Jen
Completed A3
7 Sun, Jul 22 Eric needs to instigate some drama in the Big Brother House. This week, he's a secret vandal. Whose personal property should he covertly target?
All other HouseGuests
Jen
Completed A5
8 Tue, Jul 24 Which of the two nominees do you want Eric to get evicted from the Big Brother House?
Kail, Mike
Kail
Failed A2
9 Thu, Jul 26 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Jen
Completed A3
10 Sun, Jul 29 Which catchphrase should Eric start in the Big Brother House?
"Sweet Chicken"
"Booyakah"
"I'd do that for a dollar!"
"I'd do that for a dollar!"
Completed A6
11 Tue, Jul 31 Which of the two nominees do you want Eric to get evicted from the Big Brother House?
Kail, Nick
Kail
Failed A2
12 Thu, Aug 2 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Jen
Completed A3
13 Sun, Aug 5 Eric is going to promise another HouseGuest that he will go to the Final Two with them. It's up to Eric, though, whether this promise is the truth or a lie. To whom do you want Eric to make this promise?
All other HouseGuests
Jessica
Completed A10
14 Tue, Aug 7 Which HouseGuest should Eric flatter incessantly in order to ensure his safety?
All other HouseGuests
(except Daniele and Kail)
Dick
Failed A7
15 Thu, Aug 9 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Dustin
Completed
16 Sun, Aug 12 To which HouseGuest should Eric give the silent treatment?
All other HouseGuests
Jessica
Failed A8
17 Tue, Aug 14 Which one of the two nominees do you want Eric to get evicted from the Big Brother House?
Dick, Dustin
Dustin
Completed A2
18 Thu, Aug 16 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Amber
Completed A3
19 Sun, Aug 19 It's time for America's Player to share a special moment with another HouseGuest. To whom should Eric give this childhood woobieA9?
All other HouseGuests
Jessica
Completed
20 Tue, Aug 21 Which one of the two nominees should Eric get evicted?
Jameka, Jen
Jen
Completed A2
21 Thu, Aug 23 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Amber
Completed A3
22 Sun, Aug 26 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to kiss?
All other HouseGuests
Jessica
Completed A10
23 Tue, Aug 28 Which one of the two nominees should Eric get evicted?
Amber, Zach
Amber
Completed A2
24 Thu, Aug 30 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Jameka
Completed A3
25 Sun, Sep 2 Which HouseGuest should Eric mimic?
All other HouseGuests
Dick
Completed A11
26 Tue, Sep 4 Which one of the two nominees should Eric get evicted?
Jameka, Jessica
Jameka
Failed A2
27 Thu, Sep 6 Which HouseGuest do you want Eric to get nominated?
All other HouseGuests
Daniele
Failed A3, A12
28 Thu, Sep 13 Who do you want Eric to campaign and vote for to win Big Brother 8?
Daniele, Dick
Dick
Completed
^Note A1 : Eric blushed up his face and splashed his eyes with eye drops to make it look like he was crying. He told Kail a story about a girl from high school who was anorexic.
^Note A2 : These tasks are only considered successful if the nominee the majority of viewers votes for Eric to evict is evicted
^Note A3 : Task is considered successful if the nominee is on the block for any period (regardless of use of the Power of Veto). The only exception was Task 3 which he had to just try to get Jessica nominated.
^Note A4 : Eric did “sleepwalk” into Joe’s bed, but it was required that he stay there until Joe kicked him out, and Eric did not wait that long.
^Note A5 : Eric squirted mustard on one of Jen’s shirts.
^Note A6 : The task required three different HouseGuests to say the catchphrase over the next 5 days.
^Note A7 : Eric was not successful in flattering Dick and did not complete the task because Dick voted to evict Eric.
^Note A8 : Eric failed to give Jessica the silent treatment after she came to talk and he lied saying he had visited the medic who said he should stay in bed and avoid people.
^Note A9 : The "woobie", in this case, is a small stuffed animal.
^Note A10 : Eric performed this task before it was assigned to him, however he did it again once it became an official task.
^Note A11 : Eric had to mimic Dick in three different situations before the veto ceremony took place. He pretended to smoke Dick's cigarettes, sat down beside him and followed his actions, and threw cereal around like Dick.
^Note A12 : Votes for this task were accepted during one commercial break (approximately 3-4 minutes).

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Big Brother 8 aired episodes three times a week, with shows airing Sundays at 8 p.m. (EDT), Tuesdays 9 p.m., and Thursday 8 p.m. The first episode premiered on July 5, 2007 with 7.401 million viewers (4.8/9 viewing audience), down from last year's 5.2/9 launch.[226] The following show on Sunday did much worse in the ratings, scoring a 3.9/7 viewing figure, losing nearly 1 million viewers since the previous episode.[227] The first Tuesday's show, however, was more successful with viewers, managing a 4.5/7 rating.[228] The following Tuesday's show had the same rating.[229] Tuesday shows are typically the highest rated among the three episodes every week, with Thursday in second and Sunday, a competitive night in television, in last among all three recap shows. Sunday, August 5's episode, became the first edition of the season that rated higher than the launch show and the first of the season to receive a 5.0 in preliminary ratings points.[230] On August 23 another record was set: the first episode with 10% of the viewing audience and the first episode to read 5.3 in rating points and 8.1 million viewers, thus becoming the highest rated episode of the season.[231][232] Another record was broken August 30, being the first episode to read 6.0 in rating points, being the first episode this season to pull 11% of the viewing audience.[233] It was also the first episode to break the 9m viewer mark, with 9.42m viewers.[233][234]

Controversy and criticism[edit]

Winner Dick Donato was criticized for his antics towards his fellow HouseGuests.

HouseGuest Richard "Evel Dick" came under some controversy for his loud abusive behavior towards HouseGuests; especially Jen. This culminated in an event in which Dick poured iced tea on Jen's head while she was engaged in an argument with HouseGuests Nick and Dick's daughter Daniele. This led some fans and the National Organization for Women to call for his expulsion from the house.[235]

On Day 52 Jen, who was named as a replacement nominee for Amber, packed and scattered her belongings through the House, destroyed and bleached Dick's cigarettes.[236] Big Brother later informed Dick they would replace the cigarettes. Jen began to cook food while on a slop restriction[236] Later that night, Jen went outside and ate food while on slop.[237] Big Brother told Jen she would receive a penalty nomination, she must be a nominee for the entire week and cannot win HoH or Veto for Week 8 if she survived Week 7.[238] This was found unfair to Jameka, the other Week 7 nominee, and the penalty nomination was removed.[239] Jen would instead receive a penalty eviction vote for Week 7 plus any votes cast against her by her fellow HouseGuests.[237]

Later, Dick lit a cigarette and blew smoke in Jen's direction while she was eating. Jen asked for Dick to stop, but he did not. Jen then reached to get the cigarette from Dick several times to which Dick began to burn Jen with his cigarette. Jen began to yell that Dick burned her on purpose. This incident ended with Dick yelling at Jen: “Go home you fu*king bit*h. You're a piece of sh*t. You fu*king c*nt. ” Jen burst into tears and Jameka pulled Jen away from the confrontation and to the bathroom.[237] Neither Jen nor Dick was expelled from the House and Jen was evicted on Day 55. Jen said to the Associated Press: "I definitely think he should have been kicked out, but obviously he was definitely entertainment for the show, so that's why he was not."[232]

Another HouseGuest, Amber, garnered national attention after making what were considered anti-Semitic statements.[240] Hollywood news conglomeration Defamer criticized Amber's sentiments.[241] Notably, aggregate TMZ reported about Amber's remarks, especially those about being able to recognize a Jew by the size of their nose or their last name.[242] Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League told the website:

"It's offensive. It's part of the unintended consequences of the communications revolution. Anybody can say what they do - but reality shows are now giving license to these expressions of anti-Semitism. Now, all of a sudden, the world is privy to their bigotry and it's on national television... then enhanced on YouTube. What they've done is distributed anti-Semitism – which started as a private conversation – and by putting it on a reality TV show broadcast it to the world at large. I want CBS to understand they are facilitating anti-Semitism. They should act responsibly to the community; they are legitimizing bigoted conversation."[242]

This impelled CBS to release a statement about the controversy:

"BIG BROTHER is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 - and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone. We certainly find the statements made by Amber Siyavus on the live Internet feed to be offensive and they will not be part of any future broadcast on the CBS Television Network. Any views or opinions expressed in personal commentary by a Houseguest appearing on BIG BROTHER 8, either on any live feed from the House or the broadcast, are those of the individual(s) speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS or the producers of the program."[242]

The Associated Press will decline to interview Amber and Jameka if they are members of the Jury, due to the fact that they are not allowed to ask both contestants about Amber's comments. A CBS spokesperson reported that asking Amber or Jameka about Amber's comments could influence the jury voters and affect the integrity of the game.[232]

Due to the controversy surrounding offensive remarks and controversial behavior made by several HouseGuests, this season CBS did not allow the media[243] or even companion show House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show[244] to interview evicted HouseGuests who are a part of the jury of seven to vote for the winner of Big Brother 8 beginning with Amber. They were allowed to interview the HouseGuests after Big Brother 8 was over.[243][244] Big Brother and CBS issued a statement addressing the situation:

We have made jury members of Big Brother available to the press the past few seasons always with the proviso that their questions not inform the ejected HouseGuest of influences outside his or her personal experience in the House. This season several cast members have made either offensive statements or exhibited controversial behavior, we respect journalist interests and rights to pose questions about these statements but believe at the same time doing so could provide information that influences the final vote and potential outcome of this twelve week competition. For that reason the remaining jurors will not be made available to the media for the duration of the program. They will be made available to the press after the Big Brother finale on September 18.[243][244]

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