Julie Chen talks about 'Big Brother' eviction
Frank, how can you be so blind? Ian, how come you cuss like a sailor? In her weekly discussion with EW, Big Brother host Julie Chen talks about Thursday’s evictions, Frank’s emotional reaction, and whether Jen City really deserves a spot in the final.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY So is it official now? Is Dan the best player of all time? Better than Dr. Will?
JULIE CHEN Best? Hmmmm. Maybe. But for sure the most duplicitous. Dr. Will lied to your face, but told you he was lying when he did it, and he did it with charm which made it hard to be mad at him. He knew how to mesmerize people. Dan is smart, but he doesn’t have the same level of boyish charm of Dr. Will which will make many people angry when they see what really happened behind the scenes.
You said Frank spent years trying to get in the game. How many years and how far along did he get in the process in the past?
He tried for three years, and all three years he was a finalist where we would interview him more than once and consider him. But he never made it — until this year. He would literally study the game — much like Ian — but he would also physically train in hopes of getting on the show and winning any and all physical challenges. I hope he gets something good out of the exposure he got on the show. Seems like a nice kid.
It looks like you and Frank shared some words after the microphones were turned off. What did you talk about?
I said, ‘it’s a crazy game isn’t it? You had no idea you’d be out here tonight right?’ He said yes, and that he was still in shock and trying to take it all in, what had just happened to him in the last 10 minutes. His world was literally turned upside down and I could feel he wanted to cry at times and was probably also feeling a sense of humiliation so I was trying to let him know it’s okay, it’s just Big Brother.
There were a lot of bleeps during the veto challenge when Ian won. Were people yelling things out from the studio audience?
No! It was those damn houseguests using profanity! Some kept saying sh– as they realized they went up the wrong path. The audience never curses. They just react with gasps, laughter, clapping and awwwws when they are not happy with an outcome. The bleeping was due to our lovely, passionate, mouthy houseguests!
You weren’t holding note cards when Joe came out. Is that the kind of moment when you have to think on your feet?
I wasn’t? Wow, it all happened so fast that I don’t even remember that I didn’t have note cards! But yes, during these double eviction shows we always tell the viewers anything can happen and we mean it! We say it to ourselves too, so we are all on our toes and ready to react to anything and hopefully everything. It’s one of the great things about live television and gives me a wonderful rush of adrenaline. I love when things are unpredictable and force me to think on my feet. It’s the whole reason I went into broadcast journalism. Getting sent on breaking news stories was my favorite thing because it was always exciting. Teaches you to roll with the punches and how to adapt in other areas of your life. As we all know, life is unpredictable. To quote Forrest Gump, it’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!
On a double eviction night like that, is your heart racing a mile a minute?
I purposely went to acupuncture that morning to calm my nervous system before the storm! Had I not had 25 needles in my ears, back, neck and legs, I probably would have exploded on live TV. That being said, my heart was still going a mile a minute but I managed to breathe which helped!
What are your thoughts on Jen’s game? Does that girl really deserve to be in the final five?
Her game has been non-existent. She has no game. She gets fired up and offended when she gets nominated, but she really has no moves. She seems like a nice person but has no idea how to be a player. Just not who she is. I bet she has spent much of her adult life being honest about who she is and coming out of the closet, so she is not about to change from being an honest, good person to becoming a scheming gamer — which you kind of have to be in order to play and win Big Brother. My theory is she’s in the final five due to good karma in her life and in the outside world. But does she deserve to be there otherwise? No.
If you had to be anybody’s home girl in this house, would you be Frank’s?
Frank seems like a sweet kid with an honest heart, but to me, he seems like someone I would have baby sat for when he was 8. So I can’t be his home girl. I guess I would be his home mamma. I would want to be Janelle’s home girl cause she cracks me up. And being from Queens it’s okay to have and be a female home girl with another female. Me and my high school best friend still call each other that, but we switch it up to be funny and call each other home fries and home skillet.
Now what’s this about you going makeup free on the season premiere of The Talk Monday?
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The camera doesn’t like a makeup-free face so I am telling you now, what you see is not accurate. It’s like a rear-view mirror. Objects may be smaller than they appear — like the width of my nose and my face! We decided to do it because Sara Gilbert suggested it one morning during one of our meetings as we were talking about something, not even sure what, probably some celebrity’s plastic surgery. She said it as a joke and we all laughed because we thought yeah right! That will never happen. But then we all ended up loving the idea and challenge. We like to own who we are and this is certainly a big way to do that!