‘Big Brother 22’: Julie Chen Moonves Says Evictions Will Change Due to the Pandemic

There will be a few changes for Big Brother 22 given the pandemic. Julie Chen Moonves revealed how she handles interviews with evicted houseguests will change.

‘Big Brother 22’ casting was different due to COVID-19

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The competition show is returning with an all-star cast. But the casting process was different because of the pandemic.

Potential houseguests had to be tested for COVID-19. They will then be tested weekly when they move in and won’t have contact with the crew. The crew will be screened daily and wear protection.

Chen said some people were sent home due to testing. “We flew in a bunch of people, more than 16,” she told CBSN Los Angeles. “And some people I thought were definitely going in the house, they tested positive for COVID-19 so they couldn’t go in. And I thought, ‘Well, expect the unexpected.’ … I’ll just find out when I need to find out.”

The host said the show isn’t that different from isolation. “We were the original quarantine,” she said. “We did this 20 years ago and it’s like, we were ahead of our time. And now we’re all living in quarantine. … It’s going to be interesting. They’ve played this game before, some of them know each other from the Big Brother world and some of them don’t. But I’m sure they’ve all heard of each other.”

Julie Chen Moonves always interviews evicted houseguests

Host Julie Chen Moonves talks to recent evictee Jessica Milagros on the ive eviction #10 on Big Brother
Host Julie Chen Moonves talks to recent evictee Jessica Milagros on the ive eviction #10 on Big Brother | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

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The host is often there to explain the game to the audience. Once someone is evicted she also sits down with them for a quick interview about their time in the house.

These interviews can help fans understand the evicted houseguests’ strategy. Sometimes they also learn important details about the game and we get their genuine reaction.

Video messages are also shown of the remaining houseguests saying something to the evicted member. This is important because they could make or break their own game based on what they say.

It could sway what happens in the jury and how they vote on who will win. The interviews are important and they will have a small change for this new season.

She’ll sit farther away from evicted houseguests

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Moonves talked about the upcoming season of Big Brother 22. In order to stay safe, her interviews after evictions will change.

“I’m doing testing. I’m doing testing again and then I’m going to do more testing,” the host told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ll be farther than ever from the houseguests as they get evicted. No hugs, not even a Chenbot handshake.”

She added, “There’s too much on the line to not go above and beyond the protocol to make sure everyone is safe.” It’s a small change but it looks like evictions will mostly go the same way as planned.