Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves says she believes contestant Brent Champagne is likely embarrassed and hurt following his blindside eviction.
Julie Chen Moonves, longtime Big Brother host, believes that Brent Champagne was likely hurt following his blindside eviction. This comes at the end of the third week in the Big Brother house in what is turning out to be an interesting season. Julie has hosted the show since the beginning, leading her to have fantastic reads on the game.
Following the poor reception of Big Brother: All Stars, which was critiqued for being too predictable, fans were hoping for a real change for the series moving forward. Pleasantly surprised, this season has offered a new twist in the game coming in the form of four teams: the Kings (Christian Birkenberger, Alyssa Lopez, Sarah Beth Steagall and Xavier Prather), the Queens (Claire Rehfuss, Kyland Young, Tiffany Mitchell and Travis Long), the Jokers (Brandon “Frenchie” French, Azah Awasum, Britini D’Angelo and Derek Frazier) and the Aces (Brent, Whitney Williams, Derek Xiao and Hannah Chaddha). After the first game, the teams were formed with stipulations set in place. Along with this twist came a cast filled with Big Brother super fans that assured they are here to play.
Brent was evicted from Big Brother last Thursday in what ended up being the first unanimous vote of the season. This came after that week’s Head of Household, Xavier, assured him that he was merely just a pawn next to Britini, but Brent refused to believe he was the target. There were a series of last-ditch efforts, including forming a new alliance called the Mafia, in an attempt to garner enough votes to stay, with the assumption that his own team, the Aces, would still be on his side. In the moments after the vote was announced, Brent immediately went around hugging his former houseguests, comforting them on the fact that “it’s just a game.” In an interview with EW, Julie revealed that she actually thought his reaction “shows he got played and betrayed.” Additionally, she went on to say, “He was probably a combination of embarrassed, confused, trying to save face and doing his best to be gracious…It’s got to hurt.”
Since his eviction, Brent has gone on social media to express his appreciation for the opportunity. In a recent Instagram post the day following the live eviction on Big Brother, he said, “At the end of the day, it’s all perspective that dictates your emotions.” Other posts included an admiration for the friendship he and Frenchie fostered during their time together.
It is almost impossible to imagine how it must actually feel to be inside the Big Brother house. Although Brent’s tragic misread can be something to poke fun at, it can also serve as a reminder of how much the house can affect your mind. It’s admirable that he managed to keep his head high, even after learning his housemates’ (and America’s) true feelings toward him. Hopefully, he’ll take some of Whitney’s advice on Big Brother and be more conscious of what he says moving forward.
Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm on CBS.
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