‘Big Brother’: Julie Chen Moonves Says It’s a ‘Shame’ the Houseguests Let Nicole Franzel Get Away

The former Big Brother winners were outnumbered on this all-star season. But Nicole Franzel has managed to make it very far. Julie Chen Moonves shares her thoughts on Nicole getting so far and what it says about the other players. [Warning spoilers for the Oct. 23 episode!]

Nicole Franzel stood out on ‘Big Brother 22’

Nicole Franzel is the winner on 'Big Brother' Season 18 live finale
Nicole Franzel is the winner on ‘Big Brother’ Season 18 live finale | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

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Big Brother 22 brought back former players to give them another shot at the prize. Most of the cast either made it very far in the past, or were very memorable for how they played. But there were only two people who already won.

Ian Terry won Big Brother 14 back in 2012. Nicole played on Big Brother 16 then returned and won Big Brother 18 in 2016. They could have been big targets this season because of this but they lasted for some time.

Ian and Nicole agreed to partner up secretly. When her alliance decided to evict Ian, she then had to let him go.

She made it to the final 3

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Nicole made it far given she was in the powerful alliance called The Committee. It included Memphis Garrett, Cody Calafiore, Christmas Abbott, Tyler Crispen and Dani Briones. She then had a final three with Cody and Enzo Palumbo.

The final three has come down to Cody, Enzo, and Nicole. She has a final two deal with Cody, but time will tell if they will actually be the last ones in the Big Brother house.

This also means Nicole has officially spent the most days in the house. Janelle Pierzina previously held the record and is currently at 200 days. Nicole has passed 230 days.

Julie Chen Moonves said it’s a shame for the others

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Many players and fans can’t believe a previous winner has a strong shot at winning the game a second time. There has been a debate on whether this reflects Nicole’s skill, or the lack of good judgment from the cast. Moonves weighed in on whether Nicole should get more credit if she makes it to the final two.

“Yes, I would consider it,” the host told Entertainment Weekly. “But when you study it more carefully, it becomes more like shame on everyone else for letting her slip on through.”

She continued, “She did, however, win two big important competitions that were NOT easy. And she won them at pivotal moments of the game when the pressure was on! Now that was impressive and would count more in my book as a juror.”

Fans probably won’t know how the jury will vote until finale night. But it sounds like Moonves also thinks the cast should have gotten all of the previous winners out by this point in the game. No one has won Big Brother more than once, but there is a very real possibility Nicole could be the first.