Big Brother 21 (American season)

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Big Brother 21 (American season)
Big Brother USA 21 Logo.png
Hosted byJulie Chen Moonves
No. of days99[1]
No. of houseguests16
Companion showBig Brother: After Dark
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJune 25, 2019 (2019-06-25) –
present (present)
Additional information
Filming datesJune 19, 2019 (2019-06-19)[2] – present (present)
Season chronology
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List of Big Brother (American TV series) episodes (2010–present)

Big Brother 21 is the twenty-first season of the CBS American reality television series Big Brother. It is based upon the Dutch series of the same name. In May 2019, CBS announced that the series had been renewed through its twenty-second season.[3][4] CBS later announced the season was set to premiere on June 25, 2019.[5] In the season, 16 new competitors, known as HouseGuests, are set to compete. Each week in the game, HouseGuests compete in a series of competitions to win power and safety, then vote to evict one of their own until there are only two remaining. In the finale episode, previous HouseGuests vote on who they think they should win the game with the HouseGuest who receives the most votes being declared the winner. The season is expected to contain 40 episodes and conclude with a 90-minute season finale on September 25, 2019.[3][6]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Logo used for pre-season press releases.

CBS announced that Big Brother had been renewed for a twenty-first and twenty-second season on May 15, 2019.[3] CBS later announced on May 20, 2019 that the twenty-first season was set to premiere on June 25, 2019.[7] Unnamed insiders close to the production of the show previously cast doubt if Julie Chen Moonves would return to host following sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former CBS CEO Les Moonves.[8] Chen Moonves, however, returned for the second season of Celebrity Big Brother and it was later announced that she would return as host of the main series as well.[9] Despite not having an official renewal announcement from CBS at the time, casting for the season was open until April 2019.[10] Kassting, Inc. returned to provide casting services for a twentieth consecutive season since Big Brother 2, with Robyn Kass serving as the casting director.[11][12] Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan returned as executive producers for the series which is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.[13] The season featured an initial timeslot change from previous seasons; new episodes aired on a Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday schedule through the first six episodes before returning to a traditional Sunday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule as in previous seasons.[14] The 24/7 internet live feeds also returned with a CBS All Access subscription following the two-night season premiere on June 26.[15] Big Brother: After Dark returned on Pop for its fourteenth season overall and fifth season on Pop following the two-night premiere on June 26 or June 27, depending on viewers local time zones.[16] Off the Block with Ross and Marissa did not return for a second season as an aftershow interviewing HouseGuests after their eviction.[16]

House[edit]

Taken from the entry way of the house, the camp theme in the house can be seen from the hanging lanterns and the tree set piece. The ladder leading to the upstairs lounge, "treehouse" or "skybridge" is on the right. In the background, the living room featuring the LED light illuminated 23-foot trianglar window can be seen.

As with previous seasons, the program is filmed at CBS Studios, soundstage 18 in Studio City, California in a custom-built two story house.[17][18] The House is equipped with 94 high-definition cameras and over 113 microphones in order to monitor and record the HouseGuests.[19][20] The living room, three bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and lounge room are located on the first floor.[21] The Head of Household bedroom and bathroom and an additional lounge area known as the "Sky Bridge" are located on the second floor.[21] The second floor is accessible by a ladder located in the entry way or a spiral staircase located in the kitchen next to the sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard.[21] The backyard area features outdoor amenities for the HouseGuests.[21] The house also features two diary rooms where the HouseGuests can privately share thoughts or send requests to producers of the series.[22] Entertainment Tonight showed the first look at the house with Kevin Frazier during their episode on the night of June 20, 2019.[23] Entertainment Tonight then released a sneak peek of the house through a brief tour on their website on June 21.[1] Meanwhile, a full house tour with Chen Moonves and other photos were released through Big Brother's and CBS' social media outlets including IGTV/Instagram,[24][25] Twitter[26][27] and Facebook.[28][29]

The Big Brother 21 house theme matched the season's overall theme and received a camp theme; Production Designer Scott Storey designed the house's features.[30] The living room features a birch-wood coffee table and a large and a 23-foot triangular window illuminated by LED lights.[31] The first bedroom features a "sleeping under the stars" theme and includes two double-beds and the exterior of a camper.[32] The camper, is only a facade into the second bedroom which features three double-beds and is assumed to be that of a camp counselors bedroom.[32] The third and final downstairs bedroom is a sports-themed bedroom primarily based on archery.[32] In the kitchen, many of the appliances have been redone in an attempt to blend them in with the rest of the theme, with an electronic campfire added to the center of the formal dining table.[33] The downstairs lounge area received a boat theme, while the bathroom received a boat house-like theme.[34] The upstairs lounge area, for the first time in the series history, is also accessible by a ladder from the entryway and has been updated to resemble a tree house; the Head of Household bedroom and bathroom have been changed to resemble a Moroccan-style bedroom and is expected to resemble glamping.[35] The backyard features a pool with kayaks and an attached hot tub, lawn chairs surround the backyard which also features a pool table and a washer and dryer, workout equipment, outdoor lounge areas, a hammock and a mini-fridge.[36]

Prizes[edit]

The last remaining HouseGuest is set to receive $500,000.[37] The runner-up of the season is set to receive $50,000 while the HouseGuest deemed America's Favorite Player is set to receive $25,000.[38] As part of a promotion for new CBS series Love Island, Sam Smith won a trip to Fiji in a Power of Veto competition.[39] During another Power of Veto competition, Kathryn Dunn received a trip to Hawaii and Nick Maccarone was awarded $5,000.[40]

Theme[edit]

The theme for this season is a summer camp called "Camp B.B."[41]

Format[edit]

The contestants referred to as "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 power in the house. At the start of each week, the HouseGuests compete in the Head of Household (HoH) competition. The winner of the HoH competition is immune from eviction and will select two HouseGuests to be nominated for eviction. Each week, six HouseGuests are selected to compete in the Power of Veto (PoV) competition: the reigning HoH and the nominees are guaranteed to play with the remaining slots being given to other HouseGuests selected by random draw. The winner of the PoV competition wins the right to either revoke the nomination of one of the nominated HouseGuests or leave them as is. If the veto winner uses this power, the HoH must immediately nominate another HouseGuest for eviction. The PoV winner is also immune from being named as the replacement nominee. On eviction night, all HouseGuests must vote to evict one of the nominees, with the exception of the nominees and the Head of Household (unless the vote ends in a tie, in which case the HoH must publicly cast their vote). This compulsory vote is conducted in the privacy of the Diary Room. The nominee with the most votes is evicted from the house. The last nine evicted HouseGuests will vote for the winner on the season finale. These "Jury Members" will be sequestered in a separate house and 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 may include strategy or details regarding nominations.

Main twists[edit]

Camp Director[edit]

On the first premiere night, Julie announced that the HouseGuests would vote for a Camp Director. That person would be safe from the first eviction as well, but they had to select four HouseGuests to banish. Those four HouseGuests would then compete to get back into the house. The three winners would go back into the house while the loser stayed banished and did not return. Jackson was elected Camp Director and banished Cliff, David, Jessica and Kemi. David stayed banished when he lost the competition.

Whacktivity Competition[edit]

On the second premiere night, Julie announced the Whacktivity Competition where a game-changing twist would be unleashed onto the house. Every week for the first three weeks, five designated HouseGuests, unless previously evicted (denoted with strikethrough text), would play in the competition to win a special power in the house.

Week Theme Players
(winner in green)
Whacktivity Power
Name Description Outcome
1 Nightmare Cliff Nightmare Power During the night, Ovi can secretly wake up the house and call a new Nomination Ceremony, with the Head of Household naming two new nominees. The original nominees would have immunity for the week. The power is able to be used for the first six Nominations. Not used
(Evicted)
Isabella
Kathryn
Nicole
Ovi
2 Chaos Holly Chaos Power After chips have been drawn for a Veto player draw, Jack can force a re-draw for the players. This power can only be used once and is able to be used until there are six players left in the game. Used in Week 4
Holly, Jessica, Sam

Analyse, Kathryn, Sam
Jack
Jackson
Sam
Tommy
3 Panic Analyse Panic Power
At any of the next four Power of Veto Ceremonies, Christie can turn the Golden Power of Veto into a Diamond Power of Veto, which will allow its holder to pull someone off the nomination block and then, instead of the Head of Household naming the replacement nominee, the Veto holder names the replacement. Not used
(Expired)
Christie
Jessica
Kemi
Nick

Camp Comeback[edit]

During the first live eviction show, Julie announced to the audience that the first person voted out of the game would not go anywhere. After revealing Ovi's eviction, the HouseGuests were told that the evicted HouseGuest would not leave the house as normal, but live inside the house as part of Camp Comeback. At this time, David returned to the house. One of the first four HouseGuests to be eliminated would win their way back into the game. The evicted HouseGuests would not compete in competitions or ceremonies and would sleep in a special bedroom. The four HouseGuests, David, Ovi, Kemi and Cliff, competed immediately after Cliff's eviction on Day 30. Cliff won and made his way back into the game, joining Big Brother 18 HouseGuest Victor Arroyo as the only HouseGuests in Big Brother history to re-enter the game twice in the same season, while David, Ovi and Kemi were forced to immediately leave the house for good.

America's Field Trip[edit]

A twist called America's Field Trip was teased at the end of the July 25, 2019 eviction episode. On the August 1, 2019 eviction episode, it was revealed that America would vote for three HouseGuests who would compete against one another, with the winner being given immunity for the week, the runner-up being given a punishment and the loser being a third nominee. Should this third nominee be vetoed, no replacement nominee would be named, with only the HoH's two nominees facing the eviction vote. Voting for America's Field Trip opened shortly after the twist was revealed on the August 1, 2019. Voting closed on August 9, 2019, with the competition taking place shortly after. That same day, Analyse, Christie and Jackson were voted in to competed in the competition. Jackson won, meaning he was immune from eviction for that week. Analyse was the runner-up and received a punishment. Christie lost and was nominated as the third nominee.

HouseGuests[edit]

On June 10, 2019, CBS reported that the cast would be revealed on June 17, 2019 on Big Brother live feeds to viewers with a CBS All Access subscription.[42] Former Big Brother HouseGuest Jeff Schroeder returned to host pre-season interviews with the cast after being replaced by Celebrity Big Brother alum Ross Mathews for the previous season.[43] While not intended as a twist to the game, some HouseGuests have pre-existing relationships with each other, such as Christie and Tommy (Christie dated Tommy's aunt for seven years) and Holly and Kathryn (acquaintances who have competed in Beauty Pageants).

Name Age on entry Occupation Residence Day entered Day exited Result
Analyse Talavera 22 College soccer star Simi Valley, California 1
Christie Murphy 28 Boutique owner Keyport, New Jersey 1
Cliff Hogg III 54 Petroleum engineer Houston, Texas 1 1 Banished
1 30 Evicted
30
Holly Allen 31 Wine safari guide Los Angeles, California 1
Jackson Michie 24 Server Los Angeles, California 1
Jessica Milagros 37[44] Plus-size model Oak Park, Illinois 1 1 Banished
1
Nick Maccarone 27 Therapist Sewell, New Jersey 1
Nicole Anthony 24 Preschool aide Long Island, New York 1
Tommy Bracco 28 Broadway dancer Staten Island, New York 1
Kathryn Dunn 29 Digital marketing executive Dallas, Texas 1 58 Evicted
Jack Matthews 28 Fitness trainer Tampa, Florida 1 51 Evicted
Sam Smith 31 Truck driver Mountain Top, Pennsylvania 1 44 Evicted
Isabella Wang 22 Public health analyst Los Angeles, California 1 37 Evicted
Kemi Fakunle 25 Marketing strategist Brooklyn, New York 1 1 Banished
1 23 Evicted
Ovi Kabir 22 College student Knoxville, Tennessee 1 15 Evicted
David Alexander 29 Photographer Atlanta, Georgia 1 1 Banished

Camp Comeback HouseGuests[edit]

The first four HouseGuests to be evicted (or in David's case, banished) moved upstairs to a special room called Camp Comeback. On Day 30, these four competed against each other in order to re-enter the game. Cliff won and re-entered the game, joining Big Brother 18 HouseGuest Victor Arroyo as the only HouseGuests in Big Brother history to re-enter the game twice in the same season, while David, Ovi and Kemi were forced to immediately leave the house for good.

Name Day entered Day exited Result
David Alexander 15 30 Lost competition
Ovi Kabir 15 30 Lost competition
Kemi Fakunle 23 30 Lost competition
Cliff Hogg III 30 30 Won competition

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDay(s)Original air date [3]US viewers
(millions)
Rating/share (18–49)
Week 1
7071"Episode 1"Day 1June 25, 2019 (2019-06-25)4.93[45]1.3/7[45]
On Day 1, 16 new HouseGuests moved into the newly designed Big Brother house for up to 99 days and a chance to win the grand prize of $500,000. Following the move-in, the HouseGuests joined each other in the living room for formal introductions over champagne. As the HouseGuests began to settle in to the House, Julie informed them that they would vote for a Camp Director, who would be safe from the first eviction and have unprecedented power in the game. Some HouseGuests campaigned for Camp Director while others did not wish to have the role. In the backyard, each HouseGuest voted for who they thought should be the Camp Cirector. Jackson won with ten votes. Julie then informed Jackson that he would be forced to banish four people from the game. The four banished people would then compete against each other head-to-head with three of the four re-entering the game while the fourth would remain banished and be out of the game.
7082"Episode 2"Days 1–2June 26, 2019 (2019-06-26)4.52[46]1.1/6[46]

Jackson begins planning on who he should banish from the Big Brother house. Jackson chooses to banish Cliff, Kemi, Jessica and David from the game. The banished HouseGuests are escorted to the backyard where they begin their competition.

  • Banishment Competition ("The Search for Camp B.B."): In the dark, the competing HouseGuests must find their way through the forest back to Camp B.B. Along the way there are fake camps such as "Camp Bee Bee" or "Camp B-Ball." The first three HouseGuests to arrive back at the House are allowed re-entry to the game while the fourth will remained banished from the game. Cliff was the first to return to Camp B.B., followed by Kemi and Jessica and were allowed re-entry to the game. David, remained banished from the game. The HouseGuests participated in the first Head of Household competition.
  • Head of Household ("Color Wars"): The competition was played in pairs. As Camp Director, Jackson did not participate and was allowed to chose the pairs. Each pair had to hang onto a log suspended in the sky. If someone falls off their log, they were eliminated. The HouseGuest who remained on their log the longest became the HoH. Christie won.
7093"Episode 3"Days 2–8June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)4.32[47]1.0/6[47]

Speculation begins on who Christie will put up on the block. Meanwhile, alliances begin to form in the house making other HouseGuests suspicious.

  • Whacktivity Competition ("Nightmare Comp: This Stinks"): HouseGuests are informed that over the next three weeks everyone will compete in a Whacktivity. Only five people will compete each week. The winner of each week will receive a power. The competing HouseGuests must smell the three trashcans in front of them as well as other items and try to match the smell in their trashcans. Once they think they've identified the smell they must hang the identifier from the can and must buzz in once all three cans are labeled. The first HouseGuest to correctly identify all three items will win. Cliff, Isabella, Kathryn, Nicole and Ovi competed in the first week. At the end of the third round, Ovi correctly identified all three smells and won the competition. The power Ovi received allows Ovi to make the current HoH rename their nominees for the week in the middle of the night once all others are asleep. The original nominees for the week are safe and cannot be nominated again. On Day 8, Christie nominated Cliff and Kathryn for eviction.
7104"Episode 4"Days 8–12July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)4.46[48]1.1/6[48]

Ahead of the Power of Veto, the HouseGuests picked players for the competition. Christie, Cliff and Kathryn, along with Sam, Jack and Nicole, participated, with Big Brother 20 winner Kaycee Clark returning to host.

  • Power of Veto ("Food Fight"): This competition was played by HouseGuests one at a time, inside the Camp B.B. Mess Hall, where the competing HouseGuest must attempt to catch as much food as they can as it falls from the sky. The more food caught, the more points HouseGuests received. The HouseGuest with the most points at the end of the competition won the PoV. Sam won with 21 points, then began debating on whether he should used the PoV, meanwhile, Christie begins thinking of a potential replacement nominee if the veto is used. Not surprisingly, Sam used the Power of Veto to remove Cliff from the block, forcing Christie to nominate Ovi as a replacement nominee.
7115"Episode 5"Days 12–15July 3, 2019 (2019-07-03)4.25[49]1.1/7[49]

HouseGuests begin discussing final nominations and deciding who they want to evict. They then participated in the live vote and eviction by voting on who they wished to evict from the house. On Day 15, by a unanimous 12–0 vote, Ovi was the first to be evicted from the Big Brother house. Julie informed the HouseGuests that Ovi had been evicted from the house and the "Camp Comeback" twist was unleashed. The twist allows the evicted HouseGuests to remain inside the house where they live upstairs in a special room. They will continue to live inside but not participate in competitions or evictions. Once four HouseGuests are in Camp Comeback, they will compete against each other for a chance to re-enter the game. David then re-entered the house.

  • Head of Household ("BB Fireworks Camptacular"): The HouseGuests watched a fireworks display. Julie then asked a question to which the correct answer is either red, white or blue. If a HouseGuest answers correctly they move on, if a question is answered incorrectly, they will be eliminated from the competition. The last HouseGuest in the competition will become the next HoH. Jack won and became the second Head of Household of the season.
Week 2
7126"Episode 6"Days 15–17July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)4.32[50]1.0/5[50]

The HouseGuests begin to make new plans with the Camp Comeback twist unleashed into the house.

  • Whacktivity Competition ("Chaos Comp: For Goodness Snakes"): In this competition the competing HouseGuests are placed in a room full of snakes. On a table there are tanks with three other snakes. The HouseGuest must find a match in the room for the snakes in the tanks. Once they think they have found a match for each of the snakes they must buzz in. If correct, they are finished; if incorrect, they must continue trying. The HouseGuest who matches all three snakes in the shortest time won. Jack won with a time of 40 seconds. Jack received the power which allows the him to force a re-draw on players for the Power of Veto competition. The HouseGuests then saw a promotion for the new CBS series Love Island hosted by former Big Brother 20 HouseGuests Swaggy C, Bayleigh Dayton, Winston Hines and Brett Robinson. They were told that the winner of the next PoV competition would receive a trip to Fiji. Jack begins pondering nominations and has trouble deciding who to put up. On Day 17, Jack nominated Jessica and Kemi for eviction.
7137"Episode 7"Days 17–20July 10, 2019 (2019-07-10)4.15[51]1.1/6[51]

Ahead of the Power of Veto, the HouseGuests picked players for the competition. The Head of Household, Jack, Kemi and Jessica, along with Isabella, Jackson and Sam, participated, with Big Brother 20 runner-up Tyler Crispen returning to host.

  • Power of Veto ("Froggy Style"): HouseGuests had to stack plastic frogs on a stand, but they could only do so if there was still water in their "aqua clock." If their water was running low, they had to refill it to have more time. After 30 minutes, they could not fill their aqua clocks anymore. After their aqua clock ran out, their score was the amount of frogs that they stacked. The HouseGuest with the highest score won the Power of Veto and a five-day trip to Fiji. Sam won with 18 frogs and, on Day 20, decided to not use the Power of Veto, keeping Jack's nominations the same.
7148"Episode 8"Days 20-23July 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)4.05[52]1.0/6[52]

Christie overheard Cliff talking about his new alliance, "The Fellowship of the Zing," with Ovi and Nicole and the four pairs in the house. She relayed this information to the dominant alliance, made up of the four pairs. The HouseGuests had decided to evict Kemi for the entire week, but after the Veto Ceremony, the HouseGuests became undecided after Kemi told Jackson that Isabella was playing both sides of the house. On Day 23, by a 10–1 vote, with Jackson casting the only vote for Jessica, Kemi was the second to be evicted from the Big Brother house and was sent to join David and Ovi in Camp Comeback.

  • Head of Household ("Power Shot"): HouseGuests take turn throwing arrows underhand at a target with points. The HouseGuest whose arrow lands on the highest point ring wins the Head of Household; however, if someone does not want to be the HoH, then they could aim at two red dots at the top of the board, one earning them $5,000 and the other one earning them safety for the week. These dots could only be hit once and neither prize was claimed. Nick won with a score of 90.
Week 3
7159"Episode 9"Days 23–24July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)4.20[53]1.0/6[53]

The House begins to suspect who cast the rouge vote during the eviction process. Meanwhile, Nick begins debating on who to put up. Nick mentions that he's considering putting up Cliff and Jessica. Jackson attempts to pin the rouge vote on Nicole but confides in Jackson admitting who he actually voted for. Nick suspects Jackson is up to something as he continues to bring up the vote with Nicole's name and suspects the vote could've been him.

  • Whacktivity Competition ("Panic Comp: Madagascar Mayhem"): HouseGuests had to search through Madagascar hissing cockroaches for rebus puzzles to solve a message: Don't meet Julie on eviction night. After figuring out a word, they had to grab letters off a board of letter combinations and spell the message. The HouseGuest to complete the message in the fastest time wins the Panic Power. Christie won with a time of 7:41. Nicole told Isabella and Nick that the Gr8ful alliance is targeting them; however, on Day 24, Nick nominated Cliff and Jessica for eviction.
71610"Episode 10"Days 24–27July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)4.00[54]1.0/6[54]

The dominant alliance, Gr8ful, along with Sam, met in the Head of Household room. Isabella told them the story Nicole told them about how the Gr8ful alliance, minus Isabella and Nick, were targeting her and Nick, as well as calling them bullies. The others, getting caught in the lie, started getting furious and made Isabella and Nick change their minds and completely gun after Nicole to get her out this week. The eight, along with Sam, start a new alliance called Unde9able.

  • Power of Veto ("The Haunting of Kaitlyn Herman"): Former Big Brother 20 Kaitlyn Herman returned to host the competition. HouseGuests had to enter Kaitlyn's Nightmare World where they would find pieces of Kaitlyn's body. The first HouseGuest to put all the pieces together and complete the puzzle wins the Power of Veto. Kathryn finished first and won the Power of Veto. Before the Power of Veto Ceremony, Christie had a meltdown after her intuition told her that she's going up on the block. Christie starts contemplating using her Panic Power to make sure she is safe. Christie ends up not using her power; on Day 27, Kathryn took Jessica off the block, forcing Nick to nominate Nicole as the replacement nominee.
71711"Episode 11"Days 27–30July 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)3.79[55]1.0/5[55]

The Gr8ful alliance formed a new alliance that excludes Nick and Isabella called the Six Shooters. The Six Shooters contemplate saving Nicole over Cliff. Nick and Isabella believe they secured the votes to evict Nicole while the Six Shooters progressively become more committed on the plan to blindside Cliff and send him home. On Day 30, by a vote of 6–4, with Isabella, Jessica, Kathryn and Sam voting to evict Nicole, Cliff became the third person to be evicted from the Big Brother house and entered Camp Comeback.

  • Camp Comeback Competition ("Path to Redemption"): Cliff, along with David, Ovi and Kemi, competed to re-enter the game. The "Camp Comebackers" had to roll balls down a platform that they could tilt and into their receptacle. The camper who sinks six balls in their receptacle within three minutes wins their way back into the game. Cliff won with 51 seconds left on the clock and re-entered the game and joined Big Brother 18 HouseGuest Victor Arroyo as the only HouseGuests in Big Brother history to re-enter the game twice in the same season, while David, Ovi and Kemi were forced to immediately leave the house for good.
Week 4
71812"Episode 12"Days 30–31July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)4.27[56]1.1/6[56]

After the vote, the Unde9able alliance blew up at each other and disbanded, leaving Nick and Isabella on the outs.

  • Head of Household ("Patch Perfect"): In each round, they were given a question about a board of Big Brother merit patches. If two people answer incorrectly, they are both out of the game, but it everyone answers correctly, the two people who buzzed in the slowest would be eliminated. It came down to Jack and Cliff. The HouseGuest to answer the question correctly first won the Head of Household. Cliff became the fourth HoH of the season. Cliff tells Nick and Isabella that he is targeting the Six Shooters, the six people who voted to evict him. Jackson comes up with a plan to be put up as a pawn. On Day 31, Cliff nominated Jack and Jackson for eviction.
71913"Episode 13"Days 31–34July 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)3.88[57]1.0/6[57]

A Have-Not ceremony took place, in which Cliff (as Head of Household) had to name the first four Have-Nots for the summer. He chose Christie, Jackson, Kathryn and Tommy, who had to eat slop for the week, take cold showers and sleep in the same room as the Camp Comeback room. After picking players for the Power of Veto competition, Jack used his Chaos Power to force a re-draw on the three additional players.

  • Power of Veto ("Take It Off"): Similar to the first Roadkill competition in Big Brother 18, each houseguest had to strip down to their swimsuits while holding down all three buttons. This time, it was on a jet ski and any buttons released will speed up the timer: 10 times for one button, 30 times for two buttons and 60 times for all three buttons. Jackson won the Power of Veto and, on Day 34, took himself off the block, forcing Cliff to nominate Isabella as the replacement nominee, while Christie elected not to use the Panic ability for the second Veto Meeting in a row with only two more opportunities remaining to use it.
72014"Episode 14"Days 34–37July 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)3.87[58]1.0/6[58]

Now on the Nomination Block as the replacement for Jackson, Isabella begins campaigning to stay in the House and makes compelling arguments. The production team shows a segment featuring Cliff's family as they discuss how he's doing on the game. The two nominees, Jack and Isabella, are given a final chance to try and convince the HouseGuests not to evict them. The HouseGuests then participated in the live vote and eviction by voting on who they wished to evict from the Big Brother house. On Day 37, by a vote of 8–2, with Nick (obviously) and Sam voting to evict Jack, Isabella was evicted from the House.

  • Head of Household ("Pose in Ivy"):[a] HouseGuests had to stand and hold on to ropes in the air. If a HouseGuest were to fall off, they were eliminated and had to draw a chip from a bag. In the bag were two punishment chips that gave the drawers a punishment. The HouseGuest who outlasted all the others would become the next Head of Household.
Week 5
72115"Episode 15"Days 37–38July 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)4.30[59]1.0/6[59]

  • Head of Household ("Pose in Ivy"):[a] Holly outlasted all the others and became the Head of Household. Christie and Tommy picked the punishment chips and were given a punishment for the week. On Day 38, Holly nominated Nick and Sam for eviction.
72216"Episode 16"Days 38–41July 31, 2019 (2019-07-31)3.82[60]1.1/6[60]

  • Power of Veto ("Counting Sheep on BB Farm"): In head-to-head rounds, HouseGuests were given a target number and had to herd sheep, identified with a number, into a sheep pen. The sum of the numbers the sheep represented had to equal the target number. The HouseGuest to get to the target number first won the round and another round would start. Nick won and, on Day 41, took himself off the block, forcing Holly to nominate Kathryn as the replacement nominee after Christie did not use her Panic Power for the third week in a row.
72317"Episode 17"Days 41–44August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)3.80[61]1.0/5[61]

A plan was set in motion to flip the vote to evict Kathryn and use Sam to go after the Six Shooters; however, after a very hectic lead up to eviction, including the breakup of the dominant Six Shooters alliance shown on Sunday's episode, the plan crumbled and flipped back to a unanimous vote by the time Chen Moonves announced it was time to vote. On Day 44, by a unanimous vote of 9–0, Sam was evicted from the House.

  • Head of Household ("Camp Expo"):[b] The HouseGuests started studying pictures that they would later be asked questions about.
Week 6
72418"Episode 18"Days 44–45August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)4.13[62]1.1/6[62]

Shown in a flashback, the full story of the chaotic, yet unsuccessful effort to flip the vote to evict Kathryn was explained. The fight ultimately ended up with Christie and Jackson yelling at each other over a "secret trio" of Kathryn, Holly and Jackson. As a result, the Six Shooters alliance fractured into smaller alliances of duos and trios. Kathryn, who had been affiliated with the Six Shooters alliance, was cast out. Cliff, Nick, Nicole and Jessica overheard the fight; Kathryn joined them after being outcast.

  • Head of Household ("Camp Expo"):[b] Holly gave the HouseGuests true or false questions about the pictures that they had just studied. If they got it right, they moved on to the next round, but if they got it wrong, they were eliminated from the competition. In the end, Jessica beat out Kathryn to become the Head of Household and, on Day 45, nominated Jack and Jackson for eviction.
72519"Episode 19"Days 45–48August 7, 2019 (2019-08-07)3.97[63]1.1/6[63]

  • Power of Veto ("Tossed in Space"): HouseGuests took turn catapulting an object into an area with a certain amount of points. The HouseGuest who received the fewest amount of points would receive the prize or punishment associated with their placement. The next person who was knocked out could either trade their current prize for their prize, or keep their prize. The HouseGuest to finish with the most points in the final round was able to pick whichever prize they wanted. In the end, Jack and Jackson won a punishment, Tommy won a costume, Kathryn won a trip to Hawaii, Nick won $5,000 and Jessica won the Golden Power of Veto. Talks began to erupt about where Nick's vote lies after Jessica overheard Nick tell Christie that he's voting out Jackson. Jessica made sure Nick was voting out Jack. Jessica talks with Holly, Kathryn, Nicole and Jackson about potentially taking Jackson off the block and putting Nick up after they talked about how he was playing both sides. However, on Day 48, Jessica decided not to use the Power of Veto, keeping her own nominations the same.
72620"Episode 20"Days 48–51August 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)3.87[64]1.0/6[64]

Jackson said he wouldn't campaign against Jack. The former Six Shooters had a meeting in the Have-Not room, but nothing was decided upon except for the fact that the "Six Shooters" alliance is done. Jack talked with Nick and Cliff to try and get their votes. On Day 51, by a vote of 6–2, with Analyse and Christie casting the only votes for Jackson, Jack was evicted from the House and became the first jury member. In his eviction interview, Jack was shown clips of controversial comments he'd made during the season.

  • Head of Household ("Time Me a River"): Inspired by Big Brother 20's "Perfect Timing," HouseGuests had to get to the other side of the yard in a canoe as close to nine seconds as possible. The HouseGuest with their time closest to nine seconds won the Head of Household. Tommy won with a time of 8.9 seconds.
Week 7
72721"Episode 21"Days 51–52August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)4.581.2/7[65]

Tommy plans on targeting Kathryn; he talks with Christie about plans where she would be guaranteed to go home. Tommy also talks about getting the Six Shooters (minus Jack) back together for the week.

  • America's Field Trip Competition ("Eggscape the Coop"): After America voted, Analyse, Christie and Jackson competed in the competition. The HouseGuests had to transfer eggs through walls made of chicken wire. At the end of the wall, they had to roll the egg and knock down four pieces of wood spelling out the word SAFE. After all four boards were knocked down, they finished the competition. Jackson finished first and received immunity. Analyse finished second and received a punishment. This meant Christie did not finish and thus lost the competition, becoming a special third nominee.

Nick promises to Tommy and Christie that if he wins the Power of Veto, he would take Christie off the block. Analyse receives her punishment: she has to wear a chicken costume. On Day 52, Tommy nominated Cliff and Kathryn for eviction, alongside Christie.

72822"Episode 22"Days 52–55August 14, 2019 (2019-08-14)4.22[66]1.1/6[66]

  • Power of Veto ("OTEV the Paranoid Pigeon"): At the beginning of each round, the HouseGuests were given a clue about a past competition by OTEV. They then had to slide down, find the item with the correct competition name on it and climb back up. The last HouseGuest to make it to the top (or if a HouseGuest got the answer wrong) would be eliminated from the competition. The last HouseGuest standing would win the Power of Veto. After it came down to Nick and Tommy, Tommy beat Nick up the slide and won the Veto and, on Day 55, took Christie off the block; however, since Christie was a special third nominee, no replacement nomination was made. Therefore, Cliff and Kathryn became the final nominees.
72923"Episode 23"Days 55–58August 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)4.18[67]1.0/6[67]

Nick gives Cliff an offer to form a six with him, Christie, Tommy, Nicole and Analyse to which he said he would "do in a heartbeat." Nick gives the same offer to Nicole, but she doesn't trust Nick. Nicole becomes the swing vote between evicting Cliff and Kathryn and both nominees campaign to Nicole to keep them. After Nicole tells Jessica about the new six-person alliance, Jessica tells Kathryn about the alliance they were left out of, throwing Nick and Cliff under the bus. This news spreads to Jackson and Holly, who plan on targeting Christie, Tommy, Nicole and Analyse. On Day 58, by a vote of 6–1, with Jessica casting the only vote for Cliff, Kathryn was evicted from the House and became the second jury member.

  • Head of Household ("Aug-toberfest"):[c] HouseGuests had to slide across a slippery path and deposit "beer" in their beer stein. The first HouseGuest to retrieve a ball from inside their stein won the Head of Household.
Week 8
73024"Episode 24"Days 58–59August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)TBDTBA

  • Head of Household ("Aug-toberfest"):[c] Jackson won the Head of Household.

On Day 59, Jackson nominated Analyse and Christie for eviction.

73125"Episode 25"TBAAugust 21, 2019 (2019-08-21)TBDTBA
73226"Episode 26"TBAAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)TBDTBA
Week 9
73327"Episode 27"TBAAugust 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)TBDTBA
73428"Episode 28"TBAAugust 28, 2019 (2019-08-28)TBDTBA
73529"Episode 29"TBAAugust 29, 2019 (2019-08-29)TBDTBA
Week 10
73630"Episode 30"TBASeptember 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)TBDTBA
73731"Episode 31"TBASeptember 4, 2019 (2019-09-04)TBDTBA
73832"Episode 32"TBASeptember 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)TBDTBA
Week 11
73933"Episode 33"TBASeptember 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)TBDTBA
74034"Episode 34"TBASeptember 11, 2019 (2019-09-11)TBDTBA
74135"Episode 35"TBASeptember 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)TBDTBA
Week 12
74236"Episode 36"TBASeptember 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)TBDTBA
74337"Episode 37"TBASeptember 18, 2019 (2019-09-18)TBDTBA
74438"Episode 38"TBASeptember 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)TBDTBA
Week 13
74539"Episode 39"TBASeptember 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)TBDTBA
74640"Episode 40"TBASeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)TBDTBA

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This Head of Household competition began in episode 14 on Day 37. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 15.
  2. ^ a b This Head of Household competition began in episode 17 on Day 44. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 18.
  3. ^ a b This Head of Household competition began in episode 23 on Day 58. However, completion was not broadcast on television until episode 24.

Have-Nots[edit]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13
None[a] Christie,
Jackson,
Kathryn,
Tommy
Jessica,
Nicole,
Sam
None
  1. ^ Weeks 1-3 did not have Have-Nots due to the Camp Comeback twist.

Voting history[edit]

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13
Day 1 Day 8 Day 24 Day 30 Day 99 Finale
Head of Household (none) Christie Jack Nick (none) Cliff Holly Jessica Tommy Jackson (none)
Nominations
(pre-veto)
Cliff
Kathryn
Jessica
Kemi
Cliff
Jessica
Jack
Jackson
Nick
Sam
Jack
Jackson
Christie
Cliff
Kathryn
Analyse
Christie
Veto Winner Sam Sam Kathryn Jackson Nick Jessica Tommy Jackson (none)
Nominations
(post-veto)
Kathryn
Ovi
Jessica
Kemi
Cliff
Nicole
Isabella
Jack
Kathryn
Sam
Jack
Jackson
Cliff
Kathryn
Analyse
Christie
Analyse Jessica No
voting
Ovi Kemi Cliff No
voting
Isabella Sam Jackson Kathryn Nominated
Christie Jackson No
voting
Head of Household Kemi Cliff No
voting
Isabella Sam Jackson Kathryn Nominated
Cliff Jackson Banished
(Day 1)
Ovi Kemi Nominated Camp Comeback
(Day 30)
Head of Household Sam Jack Nominated
Holly Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Cliff No
voting
Isabella Head of Household Jack Kathryn
Jackson Jack Camp Director Ovi Jessica Cliff No
voting
Isabella Sam Nominated Kathryn Head of Household
Jessica Nick Banished
(Day 1)
Ovi Nominated Nicole No
voting
Isabella Sam Head of Household Cliff
Nick Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Head of Household No
voting
Jack Sam Jack Kathryn
Nicole Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Nominated No
voting
Isabella Sam Jack Kathryn
Tommy Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Cliff No
voting
Isabella Sam Jack Head of Household
Kathryn Jessica No
voting
Nominated Kemi Nicole No
voting
Isabella Nominated Jack Nominated Evicted
(Day 58)
Jury
Member
Jack Jackson No
voting
Ovi Head of Household Cliff No
voting
Nominated Sam Nominated Evicted
(Day 51)
Jury
Member
Sam Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Nicole No
voting
Jack Nominated Evicted
(Day 44)
Isabella Jackson No
voting
Ovi Kemi Nicole No
voting
Nominated Evicted
(Day 37)
Kemi Jessica Banished
(Day 1)
Ovi Nominated Camp Comeback
(Day 23)
Remained Evicted
(Day 30)
Ovi Jackson No
voting
Nominated Camp Comeback
(Day 15)
Remained Evicted
(Day 30)
David Jessica Banished
(Day 1)
Camp Comeback
(Day 15)
Evicted
(Day 30)
Notes 1 2 none 3
Evicted Jackson
10 of 16 votes
to elect
Cliff,
David,
Jessica,
Kemi

Jackson's choice
to banish
Ovi
12 of 12 votes
to evict
Kemi
10 of 11 votes
to evict
Cliff
6 of 10 votes
to evict
Cliff
Won re-entry
into game
Isabella
8 of 10 votes
to evict
Sam
9 of 9 votes
to evict
Jack
6 of 8 votes
to evict
Kathryn
6 of 7 votes
to evict
Cliff,
Jessica,
Kemi

Won re-entry
into game

Notes[edit]

  • ^Note 1 :      On Day 1, the HouseGuests were tasked with voting for a Camp Director. The HouseGuests were told that the Camp Director would receive Immunity for the first week but would have to put the games of other HouseGuests in jeopardy. Jackson was elected as Camp Director. He was tasked with "banishing" four HouseGuests, who would compete to stay in the house. Jackson chose to banish Cliff, David, Jessica and Kemi and David lost the competition. As he was immune, Jackson was ineligible to compete in the first Head of Household Competition.
  • ^Note 2 :      On Day 15, Camp Comeback was introduced. David returned to the house from sequester and the next three evicted HouseGuests (Ovi, Kemi and Cliff) remained in the house after getting voted out of the game. After Cliff's eviction, the Comeback HouseGuests competed to re-enter the game. Cliff won the competition, while David, Ovi and Kemi were all evicted.
  • ^Note 3 :      Week 7 featured the America's Field Trip competition. Analyse, Christie and Jackson were voted by America to compete. As the winner of the competition, Jackson was immune for the week. For finishing last, Christie was nominated as a third nominee (denoted in bold).

Viewing figures[edit]

United States[edit]

No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Episode 1" June 25, 2019 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 1.3/7 4.93[45] 0.68 1.76 1.96 6.70[68]
2 "Episode 2" June 26, 2019 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.52[46] 0.77 2.02 1.89 6.55[69]
3 "Episode 3" June 30, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.32[47] 0.64 1.85 1.67 6.18[70]
4 "Episode 4" July 2, 2019 Tuesday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.46[48] 0.62 1.58 1.69 6.04[71]
5 "Episode 5" July 3, 2019 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/7 4.25[49] 0.67 1.75 1.72 6.06[72]
6 "Episode 6" July 7, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/5 4.32[50] 0.54 1.44 1.59 5.76[73]
7 "Episode 7" July 10, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.15[51] 0.64 1.66 1.73 5.82[74]
8 "Episode 8" July 11, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.05[52] 0.57 1.49 1.62 5.55[75]
9 "Episode 9" July 14, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.20[53] 0.60 1.54 1.63 5.76[76]
10 "Episode 10" July 17, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.00[54] 0.60 1.63 1.61 5.64[77]
11 "Episode 11" July 18, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/5 3.79[55] 0.62 1.65 1.60 5.45[78]
12 "Episode 12" July 21, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.27[56] 0.53 1.37 1.64 5.66[79]
13 "Episode 13" July 24, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 3.88[57] 0.47 1.19 1.49 5.09[80]
14 "Episode 14" July 25, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 3.87[58] 0.49 1.25 1.53 5.15[81]
15 "Episode 15" July 28, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.30[59] 0.46 1.23 1.49 5.55[82]
16 "Episode 16" July 31, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.1/6 3.82[60] 0.52 1.30 1.60 5.14[83]
17 "Episode 17" August 1, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/5 3.80[61] 0.48 1.26 1.47 5.09[84]
18 "Episode 18" August 4, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.13[62] TBD TBD TBD TBD
19 "Episode 19" August 7, 2019 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 1.1/6 3.97[63] TBD TBD TBD TBD
20 "Episode 20" August 8, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 3.87[64] TBD TBD TBD TBD
21 "Episode 21" August 11, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/7 4.58[65] TBD TBD TBD TBD
22 "Episode 22" August 14, 2019 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/6 4.22[66] TBD TBD TBD TBD
23 "Episode 23" August 15, 2019 Thursday 9:00 p.m. 1.0/6 4.18[67] TBD TBD TBD TBD
24 "Episode 24" August 18, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Canada[edit]

No. Air date Timeslot (ET) Total viewers
(AMA[a] in millions)
Rank
(week)
Refs
1 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:00 p.m. 1.385 3 [85]
2 Wednesday, June 26, 2019 1.391 2
3 Sunday, June 30, 2019 1.154 6
4 Tuesday, July 2, 2019 0.983 9 [86]
5 Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1.211 3
6 Sunday, July 7, 2019 1.042 7
7 Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:00 p.m. 1.080 6 [87]
8 Thursday, July 11, 2019 1.194 5
9 Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:00 p.m. 1.222 4
10 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:00 p.m. 1.217 5 [88]
11 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1.099 6
12 Sunday, July 21, 2019 8:00 p.m. 1.097 7
13 Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:00 p.m. 1.282 4 [89]
14 Thursday, July 25, 2019 1.312 3
15 Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:00 p.m. 1.277 5
16 Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:00 p.m. 1.060 7 [90]
17 Thursday, August 1, 2019 0.899 10
18 Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:00 p.m. 1.174 5
19 Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:00 p.m. TBD TBD
20 Thursday, August 8, 2019 TBD TBD
21 Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD
22 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 TBD TBD
23 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:00 p.m. TBD TBD
24 Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD
  1. ^ Average Minute Audience (AMA) is the average number of individuals or (homes or target group) viewing a TV channel, which is calculated per minute during a specified period of time over the program duration.

Controversies and criticisms[edit]

Matthews and Michie's derogatory actions[edit]

Following the two-night season premiere, HouseGuest Jackson Michie received the "Camp Director" power and was required to choose four HouseGuests to banish.[91] Michie's choice to banish included David Alexander and Kemi Fakunle, the season's only two black HouseGuests; Jessica Milagros, a Latina plus-size model; and Cliff Hogg, the oldest person in the house.[92] This led in a result of some viewers accusing Michie of discriminating against race and age. [93] Viewers then also questioned the series for the Head of Household competition which occurred the same night and was named "Color War."[94] But, other viewers suggested that Michie only picked Fakunle due to lack of communication and that Alexander, Milagros, and Hogg were only picked because they competed against him for the position of Camp Director. [94]

Big Brother is a reality show about a group of people who live together At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone. Views or opinions expressed by Houseguests are those of the individuals speaking and do not represent the views or opinions of CBS. Viewer discretion is advised.

CBS disclaimer reportedly appearing more since the incident[95]

Once the 24/7 live feeds began, some viewers began calling for CBS to remove HouseGuest Jack Matthews from the series[96] after Matthews was seen on the live feeds making vicious and violent remarks about another HouseGuest, Kemi Fakunle, behind her back,[97] in which Matthews said that she is "fucking poison"; ahead of the Power of Veto competition, he stated, "Bitch, you're fucking going up and you can play your fuckin' veto, but I'm gonna fuck you up!"[98] Most notably, Matthews stated, "Fucking Kemi makes me want to fucking stomp a mudhole right through her chest."[97] Aside from this, Matthews was also seen making other derogatory comments against other HouseGuests, including Ovi Kabir whom he called a "brown flame" and Jessica Milagros, whom he called a "maggot" and "Consuela."[99] A Change.org petition was started in an attempt to get Matthews removed from the game for Fakunle's and others' safety.[96] Matthews was warned by production about comments made and to prevent further such comments.[100] Meanwhile, other live feed viewers state that the CBS disclaimer has appeared more since the incident.[95] Many of Matthews' comments were addressed in episode 20 during his post-eviction interview with Julie Chen Moonves where he denied racism being behind any of the comments, though he did apologize for his actions that were deemed offensive.[101]

Other controversies[edit]

The treatment of Nicole Anthony by the "Gr8ful" alliance during week 3 (and which was partially was shown during Episode 10) was sharply criticized by the viewing audience.[102] The incident started when Anthony confided in Isabella Wang about her suspicions about a majority alliance spearheaded by Matthews and Michie that consisted of Holly Allen, Tommy Bracco, Christie Murphy and Analyse Talavera. Anthony feared that this group would come after Wang and Nick Maccarone, but Wang, who was included in this majority alliance called "Gr8ful" with Maccarone, immediately told the group about it. The alliance swiftly denied Anthony's idea that they would target the couple (despite live feed footage confirming that they did indeed plan to target them) and proceeded to speak very negatively of Anthony in the HoH room.[103][104] At the beginning of week 4, Cliff Hogg, as the Head of Household, was required to name four HouseGuests to become have-nots for the week.[105] Have-nots are required to take cold showers, eat only slop and sleep in less than ideal beds during the week.[106] Along with three others, Hogg named HouseGuest Jackson Michie to become a have-not.[107] Despite being named as a have-not, Michie was seen on the 24/7 live feeds breaking the have-not rules by stuffing his pockets full of food and eating it behind the shower wall out of camera view.[108] Michie received no punishment normally given to HouseGuests who break the have-not rules.[109] In past seasons of Big Brother, HouseGuests have received eviction votes or other penalties for breaking the have-not rules.[110][111][112][113] Viewers of the series took to social media calling for Big Brother to enforce rules as done in the past by punishing Michie and not give special treatment.[114][115]

"Well, in the case of Big Brother, a producer—we learned that a producer, in an attempt to get a soundbite from one of the houseguests overstepped. That producer was reprimanded, received unconscious bias training—as did all the producers on the show—and we don’t believe that an incident like that will happen again."

Thom Sherman, CBS Executive responding to the incident in question[116]

At the 2019 Television Critics Association, CBS executives were questioned about diversity and racism issues on Big Brother as well as fellow CBS reality television series Survivor and drama series Bull.[117] In an open interview with CBS executives, Big Brother was accused of giving "contestants of color unfair cuts or early eliminations" as well as editing out comments by HouseGuests that have been interpreted as racist.[118][119] CBS executives defended editors of the show stating that it's difficult to edit days worth of content into forty-minutes.[120] Speaking on a similar but separate incident one press member specifically asked about situation of Kemi Fakunle, who, after being evicted, claimed series producers tried to goad her into playing the part of a "sassy black woman."[121] The CBS executives in question responded by stating that they investigated the situation, found the producer in question overstepped, reprimanded the said producer, and as a result trained all of Big Brother's producers.[122] Finally, CBS executives also stated that they would "closely reexamine Big Brother 21 and see if we can do better next year."[123]

The use of animals in the week five Power of Veto competition sparked criticism from viewers and national organizations accusing CBS and Big Brother of animal cruelty.[124] In the competitions sheep had been dressed with random numbers and competing HouseGuests were required to wrangle sheep into enclosed pins to add up to a pre-defined given number.[125] PETA, also known as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, spoke out against CBS and Big Brother on social media stating that "Animals are not entertainment," "Animals are not yours to abuse," and calling for them to commit to not using live animals again.[126][127] Additionally, viewers also took to social media calling for similar requests and speaking out against Big Brother's current and past use of animals as well, most notably the use of snakes and cockroaches in other competitions earlier in the season.[124]

During Jack Matthews' live eviction interview, aired on episode 20, host Julie Chen Moonves said a racial slur in saying, "We didn't gyp you out of goodbye videos." The word "gyp" and "gypped" are considered racial slurs to Gypsies, just like how the word "jewed" is offensive to Jews.[128] Some fans of the show commented on the situational irony when Chen Moonves was interviewing Matthews on many derogatory actions he made, yet proceeded to make a racial slur herself. However, many fans did not know it was such until complaints were made on social media.[129] Chen Moonves has not yet addressed the matter.[130]

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