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Celebrity Big Brother

Updated on July 22, 2020
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A bit about the show

CBS opted for a Celebrity edition of Big Brother for the winter 2018 season. A second season returned in the winter of 2019, but it has not been back since. It hasn't actually been officially cancelled, so there's still hope it could return in the future.

Julie Chen hosted this version, just as she does for the regular Big Brother and did for the Over the Top edition. These seasons of Celebrity BB were much shorter, with just 1 month devoted to the reality show instead of the typical 3. The celebrities could not devote as much time to the show as regular house guests could.

Celebrity Big Brother season 1

The Big Brother Celebrity cast of season 1
The Big Brother Celebrity cast of season 1

Season 1 cast list

Chuck Liddel: UFC fighter - 1st Evicted

Keshia Knight Pulliam: Actress - 2nd Evicted

Shannon Elizabeth: Actress - 3rd Evicted

Metta World Peace: Basketball player -4th Evicted

Brandi Glanville: Reality star - 5th Evicted

James Maslow: Actor and singer for Big Time Rush - 6th Evicted

Omarosa: Reality star and political person - 7th Evicted

Mark McGrath: Lead singer of Sugar Ray -8th Evicted

Ariadna Gutiérrez: Actress and model - 9th Evicted

Ross Matthews: Television personality -Runner-Up!!

Marissa Jaret Winokur: Actress - WINNER!!!

A glimpse into the season

Shannon had lots of knowledge of Big Brother and was sitting pretty in the beginning. She showed her cards too soon, however, and was turned on by her allies quickly. Many of the other house guests had little knowledge of the game -- especially Metta. It made it harder for them to play. Keshia Knight Pulliam actually asked the others to vote her out because she wanted to return home to her daughter.

Marissa and Ross remained loyal to each other throughout the game and sat together in the final 2 chairs. Ross had more wins and should have taken home the prize, but Marissa played an honest game and had more alliances left. The jury voted her the first ever winner of the U.S version of Celebrity Big Brother.

Marissa Jaret Winokur and Ross Matthews went on to host Off the Block together, an after show that aired after each live Big Brother episode where someone was voted off. They talked about the latest updates, dished on who were their favorites to win, and even spoke to the latest evicted house guest. They only did it for Season 20, though, and did not return during Season 21.

Season 1 memorable moments

Ariadna and James dressed as babies for their punishment
Ariadna and James dressed as babies for their punishment
Omarosa lost to Marissa in the Bowlerina challenge, which made her so dizzy she had to leave for treatment for an asthma attack
Omarosa lost to Marissa in the Bowlerina challenge, which made her so dizzy she had to leave for treatment for an asthma attack

Celebrity Big Brother season 2

The Big Brother Celebrity cast of season 2
The Big Brother Celebrity cast of season 2

Season 2 Cast List:

Anthony Scaramucci: White House Communications Director - Revealed to be a fake house guest/twist

Jonathan Bennett: Actor - 1st Evicted

Ryan Lochte: Swimmer/Olympic Medalist- 2nd Evicted

Joey Lawrence: Actor -3rd Evicted

Kato Kaelin: Actor and Host- 4th Evicted

Natalie Eva Marie: Former WWE Wrestler - 5th Evicted

Tom Green: Comedian - 6th Evicted

Kandi Burruss: Singer and TV Personality- 7th Evicted

Dina Lohan: Momager to Lindsay Lohan -8th Evicted

Lolo Jones: Athlete- 9th Evicted

Ricky Williams: Former NFL Running Back -Runner-Up!!

Tamar Braxton: Singer - WINNER!!!

A glimpse into the show

Jonathan and Joey were in an alliance with Anthony -- so when his twist was revealed it hurt them. There were several twists in this season, including a "Breaking Celebrity News" twist, Power of the Publicist, and a special Double Eviction Safety Competition. Tamar won that and was able to save herself from being evicted. She went on to win the whole season against Ricky.

© 2018 Brandi Goodman

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    • urgurl_bri profile imageAUTHOR

      Brandi Goodman 

      3 years ago from Holland, MI

      A few I knew or at least recognized, others I had no clue. But it's still worth a watch, I think. With a short season there's a lot of gameplay starting out right from the beginning.

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      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      I don't know any of them! Lol. I don't even know who half the celebrities are that go in the British Celebrity Big Brother.

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