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Big Brother: OTT: Julie Chen talks Neeley eviction

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Each week, following her live Q&A with the houseguests and with the evicted guest, Big Brother host Julie Chen will answer a few questions just for EW about the latest events in the house. Here, she talks about week 4, including how houseguests should be avoiding America’s nomination.

For much of the first few weeks Neeley tried to maintain peace between the two sides of the house. Are you surprised she was nominated and evicted before bigger targets?

I was surprised that Neely was targeted and evicted. Why didn’t America like her? She seemed like a fair and honest person to me. Strange. But maybe America felt the way Jason did: I believe the word he used for her was “annoying.”

We’ve seen how much power America has. What do you think houseguests could/should be doing within the house to stay on America’s good side?

I think to stay on America’s good side you need to be genuine. The camera doesn’t lie, and if you are a big phony, it’ll show. Just one problem, if you are genuinely not a likable person, then you’re screwed.

This is the first Big Brother season held during election. Will the houseguests get to vote by absentee?

The houseguests were told to vote by absentee ballot if they didn’t want to take any chances. But hey, for those who were already evicted, it turns out it didn’t matter for them.

For more Big Brother: Over the Top, read our recap of week 4 and see what Neeley had to say about his eviction.