Is Julie Chen Returning To ‘Big Brother 23’ for Summer 2021 on CBS?

Julie Chen is the host of Big Brother and has been at the helm of the reality show since the first season. Now in season 22, the former The Talk host has been questioned if she would be back for season 23. Fans have also been questioning of CBS was even considering another season for the summer of 2021. The network has been renewing the reality competition season by season and they have finally revealed what is going to happen next year.

Julie Chen
Julie Chen | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Did CBS renew ‘Big Brother’ for Season 23?

Big Brother fans should scream and celebrate as the eye network has confirmed the show will return for season 23. Loyal viewers had been questioning if the format would come back for another year on social media. Wishes of all the fans have been granted and a new crop of contestants will once again play for a $500,000 prize.

“At Big Brother, we always say ‘expect the unexpected,’ but 2020 gave us our biggest challenge to date!” Mitch Graham, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS, said in a statement to TVLine. “We could not be prouder of the entire team who delivered a fantastic season under such extreme circumstances. It feels fitting for this unprecedented season to conclude with an announcement of the show’s return next summer.”

Chen has also been confirmed to return to present the show that see’s a group of players enter a house and have their every move captured by cameras 24/7. As alliances are formed and contestants are evicted, only one player at the end takes home the half a million prize.

'Big Brother 22: All-Stars' contestants
‘Big Brother 22: All-Stars’ contestants | Gordon Patterson / Michael Esham / Tim Lahr / CBS via Getty Images

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‘Big Brother’ faced controversy

Over the last couple of years, live feed watchers have been critical of the people CBS casts on the show. Big Brother Season 22 was an all-stars edition which saw several veteran players return for another shot at the grand prize. Fans that watch the live feeds caught a moment on camera and accused one of the contestants of using a derogatory term.

The clip went viral as fans debated wether Memphis used the racial slur or not. It all became so controversial that the eye network was forced to release a rare statement about the video.

“We are aware of press reports about Big Brother fans on social media accusing a houseguest of whispering an offensive racial slur during the show’s 24/7 live feed,” the statement reads. “The producers have listened to the scene using enhanced audio. Additionally, the Network’s program practices team isolated and played back the scene several different ways using professional, studio-grade audio equipment.”

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“After close examination, it has been determined a racial epithet was not said or uttered,” the statement continued. “Hate speech will not be tolerated, and those who violate the policy will be removed from the Big Brother House.”

Who won ‘Big Brother’ Season 22?

In the final 3 Cody, Enzo, and Nicole Franzel were left in the house. Nicole won the first part of the HOH competition, which guaranteed her a spot in the third part. Enzo lost to Cody in the second competition which meant the latter was still in the running for the last HOH of the season.

The HOH competition played out live and Cody won over Nicole. As the head of household, Cody ended up evicting Nicole from the house as he felt he had a better shot at winning against Enso. Cody’s intuition worked as he ended up winning the cash prize with all the jury members voting to crown him.