‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Julie Chen Moonves Predicts the Winner of Season 3

While Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 is a ways away from crowning its winner, host Julie Chen Moonves believes she knows which houseguest has the best chance to take home the grand prize. The jury will vote for one celebrity to win $250,000 at the finale, and the host has placed her bet on one contestant to win it all.

'Celebrity Big Brother' Season 3 host Julie Chen Moonves stands onstage wearing a white shoulder-less long-sleeved blouse and black pants.
Julie Chen Moonves | Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

Meet the cast of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3

As was the case with the first installment, Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 consists of 11 houseguests. CBS announced the batch of contestants one week before the show’s premiere, and the list contains actors, reality TV stars, athletes, and everything in between.

The cast includes:

  • Cynthia Bailey, a former model and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Todd Bridges, an actor known for his portrayal of Willis in Diff’rent Strokes
  • Todrick Hall, a semifinalist on American Idol Season 9, stage actor, and a YouTube sensation
  • Chris Kattan, an actor known for his run on Saturday Night Live
  • Chris Kirkpatrick, a former member of NSYNC
  • Carson Kressley, a reality TV star and fashion designer
  • Teddi Mellencamp, a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and John Mellencamp’s daughter)
  • Shanna Moakler, a pageant queen
  • Mirai Nagasu, an Olympic figure skater
  • Lamar Odom, a former NBA player who was once married to Khloé Kardashian
  • Miesha Tate, a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion

Which of the Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 houseguests will join the winner’s circle alongside season 1 champion Marissa Jaret Winokur and season 2 victor Tamar Braxton?

Julie Chen Moonves reveals her pick to win it all

During a pre-season interview with Entertainment Weekly, Julie Chen Moonves revealed who she thinks has what it takes to win Celebrity Big Brother Season 3.

When asked who she believes will be the winner, the host coyly said, “Whatchutalkin’about, [interviewer Dalton Ross]?! I’ll just leave it at that!”

Without outright saying his name, Chen Moonves disclosed that Todd Bridges is her pick to win the game. Bridges is widely known for his role as Willis in Diff’rent Strokes, and one of the famous lines in the show was “Whatchutalkin’about, Willis?”

So, will Bridges be the one to outlast all of his housemates? Time will only tell if he is crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 at the finale, which airs on Feb. 23.

Todd Bridges argues why he’ll thrive in the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Season 3 house

Before entering the Big Brother house, Todd Bridges explained to Entertainment Weekly why he has a good chance of winning.

“There was a part of my life over 30 years ago where I was in a dorm situation with 300 people,” Bridges shared. “You have to know people, so you don’t get into a fight, so you don’t get stabbed, so you can get through every day. That’s going to help me a lot.”

After Diff’rent Strokes ended, the actor had a few brushes with the law and spent some time in jail after developing a drug addiction. Bridges has been clean since 1993.

Celebrity Big Brother Season 3 premieres on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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