By Lynette Rice
Updated July 08, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT
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That was fast. CBS announced today that Dick Donato, aka Evel Dick, has left the Big Brother house. The show just premiered Thursday. “Due to a personal matter, Big Brother houseguest Dick Donato had to leave the game unexpectedly on Thursday,” a CBS statement said. “His departure will be addressed on the episode to be broadcast on Wednesday, July 13.”

Donato went MIA not long after appearing in the premiere episode. Anyone who tuned into Big Brother: After Dark on Showtime late Thursday should have noticed that he was nowhere to be found. In the meantime, BB blogs began noting that he went into the Diary Room and never came out. His daughter Daniele (who entered the house with Evel Dick as a pair) began inquiring about his whereabouts while the other players simply thought it was a ruse.

Donato was a volatile and polarizing player from season eight who ended up winning the $500,000 cash prize. (His daughter came in second.) During last night’s premiere, Donato claimed he had not spoken to Daniele in three years and was relatively low key — a stark contrast to the impetuous demeanor he displayed during season 8. Daniele Donato, meanwhile, looked visibly uncomfortable and talked very little during the telecast. Her new, dark ‘do looked pretty legit, though (she was a blonde during season 8).

The Donatos were supposed to be part of a new twist this season that includes mixing old BB pairs with new ones. The other pairs from previous seasons are Brendon and Rachel and the very popular Jeff and Jordan.

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