‘Big Brother 22’: Julie Chen Moonves on Why the ‘Deep Conversations’ Were Her Favorite Moments of the Season

After the seventh person joined the Big Brother 22 jury, Julie Chen Moonves shared her favorite moments of the season. According to the host, she enjoyed the “deep conversations” between the houseguests the most.

Host Julie Chen Moonves on the Live Eviction show #8 on Big Brother
Host Julie Chen Moonves on the Live Eviction show #8 on Big Brother | Robert Voets

‘Big Brother 22’ consisted of all returning players

For the first time since 2006, Big Brother 22 featured all-returning players who wanted to come back and prove themselves. Keesha Smith (BB10), Nicole Anthony (BB21), Janelle Pierzina (BB6,7,14), Kaysar Ridha (BB6,7), Bayleigh Dayton (BB20), Ian Terry (BB14 winner), Da’Vonne Rogers (BB17,18), Kevin Campbell (BB11), David Alexander (BB21), Dani Briones (BB8,13), Tyler Crispen (BB20), Memphis Garrett (BB10), Christmas Abbott (BB20), Enzo Palumbo (BB12), Nicole Franzel (BB18 champ), and Cody Calafiore (BB16) all returned for another shot and faced a few twists right off the bat.

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For example, they competed for Head of Household immediately after entering the house and were introduced to the three-week-long Safety Suite competitions. They also faced off in the BB Basement for three unique powers and experienced the first triple eviction in U.S. franchise history.

Houseguests talked about racial issues in Big Brother house

BB22 took place amid protests for racial justice happening around the world. Therefore, several houseguests, namely Da’Vonne, Bayleigh, and Kaysar, frequently spoke about the state of civil unrest and their experiences.

For example, Da’Vonne talked about police brutality and race-related issues she dealt with and fought through while growing up. Additionally, she and Bayleigh both wanted to make it far as a Black contestant still hasn’t won a season of the regular U.S. franchise.

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Therefore, they established a final two pact, Black Girl Magic, during the first week. When the ladies ended up on the block together during Week 5, Tyler Crispen acknowledged they were there for a “bigger purpose” and offered to leave in place of one of them.

However, then-HOH and his final two partner, Christmas Abbott, refused to backdoor him. While Tyler insists he was “genuine” in his motives, many fans have accused him of using their cause to pander to the viewers.

Julie Chen Moonves on why she enjoyed the ‘deep conversations’ the most

Da’Vonne ended up on the block twice and took the opportunity to speak about BLM during her eviction speeches. In her first one, she demanded justice for Breonna Taylor and others unnecessarily murdered by the police.

A couple of weeks later, she shouted out several other “strong Black women” who have played Big Brother and spoke about the importance of representation in reality competition shows.

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Shortly before episode 33, host Julie Chen Moonves shared her favorite moments that have happened so far in the house. She noted she enjoyed the houseguests’ “deep conversations” about the Black Lives Matter movement the most because it gives her hope for those watching.

The host also explained she has faith the discussions will cause viewers to attempt to see things from others’ perspectives. Big Brother 22: All-Stars airs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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