It’s the end of June, and you know what that means — long summer nights, days at the beach, and Big Brother is going to be on CBS for three nights a week soon, just like it has for years. Big Brother is a guilty pleasure; it isn’t that you really want to watch it, but you end up doing it anyway. I defy anyone to start watching it and then stop. It’s just that good. The lying, the scheming, the backstabbing — the whole thing is just incredibly fun to watch!
But of course, like with any so-called reality show, there are things going on behind the scenes that the producers don’t want you to know. Some of them are plain old embarrassing both for the contestants and the production staff, while others are situations that you wouldn’t expect if you didn’t know how reality television really worked. Either way, if you check out this list below, you’ll find out some things that they don’t want you to know, and it just might make the show even more fun to watch, if that’s even slightly possible because it already is pretty darn amusing! For my money, it’s one of the best reality shows out there.
Here are 15 Dirty Little Secrets That Big Brother Execs Don’t Want You to Know.
15. They Try and Get Smoking Hot Contestants
Every once in a while there’s kind of a normal-looking guy or woman on the show, maybe one that’s approaching middle age, but for the most part, the contestants are total smoke shows. And that makes sense, of course. Aren’t you more likely to tune in if you’re going to see a totally hot chick on there? I know I am. The contestants spend a ton of time in bathing suits and kicking it by the pool, so there are plenty of opportunities to see all of these hot Bettys all the time — and even guys, if that’s your thing. Personally, I know I always get a little bummed out when the hot women get voted off, but by then, I’m more into the strategy of the game, so it doesn’t hurt all that much when it happens.
14. Slop Truly is Awful
Slop is actually really bad, and a couple of times, contestants had to receive medical attention because they were not getting what they needed to sustain themselves through slop. It truly is one of those things where if you’re watching the show, you’re kind of like “oh hey, they have to be on slop? who cares?” But the thing is you would care for certain if it was you. It’s some sort of oatmeal kind of product, but no one knows for sure what they actually put in it on the show. Well, let me take that back; people know for sure what they put in it, but they’re on production, and they’re not spreading that around. I don’t know about you, but that kind of creeps me out. Who would want to eat something like that?
13. They Get Tested For STDs
So when you think about being on Big Brother, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you say “STDs” then you’re probably a big part of the reason that the show tests for them. Let’s face it: liability is kind of a big thing, not just on reality television, but in all sorts of walks of life. The “Showmance” is something that’s almost expected at this point when it comes to what happens on reality TV. That’s fine, I suppose, as long as someone isn’t dealing with an STD, and if they are, then they probably have to go. Remember what happened in the second season when Evel Dick was on Big Brother? He had to leave the show. The word on the street is that was because something in his tests came back the wrong way.
12. The House Gets Gross
One would think that with all of the people who live in the house, they’d clean it pretty regularly, right? But no, that’s not how things go at all. As a matter of fact, what usually happens when you live with a bunch of people is that no one cleans because everyone gets all bent out of shape around how everyone else is always not doing any cleaning. So basically, everyone just sits around sulking and complaining about how no one else cleans up. This seems to be what goes down in the Big Brother house. In fact, the house gets so ridiculously nasty that people are often told that they need to clean up, at least a little bit, before the show starts on Thursday.
11. Every Little Thing They Do Is Written Down
A lot of times, when the contestants are talking to each other, you can see subtitles on the screen because you can’t really hear what they’re actually saying. This might seem kind of interesting that such information is readily available, but in reality, not so much. Production has a lot of people on board who spend their time transcribing everything that people say and taking notes to make sure that they don’t miss anything. I mean, come on… how creepy is that? I know that I would totally hate something like that, but of course, I’ve never signed up to be on a TV show where everyone gets to see everything that I do for months on end. This is one of those times that you have to guess what 500 grand is really worth to people.
10. The Contestants Can Be Sleep-Deprived
Imagine being locked up in a house with a bunch of strangers with cameras filming your every move. That sounds pretty awful, right? Well, it sounds even more terrible when you think about the fact that a lot of them aren’t getting any sleep at all. A lot of times, the show blasts music to the contestants really early in the morning to wake them up without warning. Apparently, this lessens a little bit as time goes on, but it’s really bad at the beginning. No wonder so many contestants on the show act so crazy, what with all the pressure of being on television combined with getting next to no sleep at all. This, of course, is exactly what production wants, as crazy contestants are way more fun to watch.
9. They Have to Watch What They Say
Because of copyright laws, Big Brother contestants aren’t allowed to say anything related to other television shows or movies, and they also aren’t allowed to just randomly sing songs out loud. For someone like me, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, as I’m not a total entertainment nerd, but for a lot of people, it would be really hard as they use that kind of thing as a way to get to know people. In fact, if someone even does try to say something related to anything that they shouldn’t, production stops filming and warns them about it. Remind me of why anyone would want to be on this show again? Oh yeah, because of the chance of winning 500 thousand dollars. Where do I sign up again?
8. They All Get Paid
Of course, the main reason to be on Big Brother is to try and win the big prize. Let’s face it: 500 thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at. But there a lot of people that are on Big Brother that still do okay even if they don’t win the show. That’s all relative, of course. If you make a lot of money, then what you make weekly on the show isn’t going to do a whole lot for you. But hey, 750 a week for a lot of people is nothing to sneeze at, which is the amount that players make for being on the show or in the jury house. Of course, that doesn’t sound like much, but think about it: you don’t have to pay rent, so if you can live there for 15 weeks or so, that isn’t a bad nest egg for someone to come out of the house with.
7. They Have to Know the Show
It’s a rule for players on Big Brother that they at least have some knowledge of the show. You can’t just say that you want to be on and have no experience at all with what the show is all about. Producers require that every contestant has watched at least one full season; that way, contestants have an idea about how the show works and don’t need to have everything explained to them. It also is a way for them to figure out who’s legitimate and who isn’t. Let’s be honest: how irritating must that be to be in charge of casting for a show like big Brother and have people who have no idea about the show and what it’s all about come on all the time? I know that would drive me crazy.
6. They Have Limits on What They Can Wear
As you might imagine, there are rules about what contestants can wear. First of all, they can’t wear things that have corporate logos on them, and then, they also can’t wear certain patterns that look bad on camera. Other than that, though, it’s kind of up to the contestants. Some of them like to troll around wearing sweatpants while others like to wear bikinis that show off their body as much as possible. It seems that Big Brother is more than fine if someone wants to show off what a hot body they have, but they’re not fine if someone wants to show off something that could be conceived as a commercial for a product. This all makes sense, of course. Big Brother has been doing this for a while now. They obviously know what’s up.
5. They Can’t Read or Write
This is kind of a bad one. You might think that it sounds chill being in the Big Brother house for the summer, but it’s harder than you think. You probably already knew about the fact that you can’t watch television, get on the Internet, or keep up with the news, but did you know that they’re not allowed to read books or write at all? The only thing they’re allowed to read is the Bible, which is why every once in a while, they show contestants that seem to be religious, but in all honesty, that isn’t it. They aren’t religious necessarily; they’re just reading the Bible because they literally have nothing else to do. I don’t know about you, but I would go crazy if I had to live like that.
4. One Winner Started a Drug Ring
Adam Jasinski was a winner of Big Brother. One of the reasons that he won was that he promised to give 100 thousand dollars of his winnings to a charity that had to do with autism. Well, he didn’t do that. Not even close. What he actually did was take 200 thousand dollars and spend it on buying a whole bunch of pills and starting a drug-dealing ring. He ended up getting arrested and spending some time in prison but is now sober and also trying to help others who are in the same situation. Still, though, someone gives you 500,00o dollars and you decide to use it to start a drug-dealing ring? Come on, Adam! I imagine if you could do it all over again, you just might do so.
3. It Started in Another Country
A lot of people know that there are many different versions of Big Brother that are shown in all sorts of different countries, but most people assume that it started in the United States. This isn’t true. In actuality, it started in the Netherlands, and it was picked up in the United States, as well as many other countries. And why not? It has to be one of the cheapest shows to make ever. You pay one winner a decent sum of money, and everyone else peanuts, and not only that, but you don’t even have to pay money for the set. Once you have a place to shoot the show, you can just do so over and over again, in the same place, year after year. Big Brother is a great show and also costs next to nothing to make.
2. They Can’t See the Cameras
While every once in a great while, the contestants can see a camera, for the most part, they can’t, which is exactly why they end up acting the way they do. It would be one thing if people fought, made out, or plotted in front of an actual guy holding a camera, but that’s not how it goes down. The cameras are totally hidden, which means that people are going to act more freely than they would otherwise. It truly is a very odd show, one in which all of the people on it know that they’re being filmed, but also one in which they can act like they don’t. This makes for some great entertainment and also lets the contestants pretend that they really didn’t know how bad things were going to look.
1. They Were Sued by George Orwell’s Family
One of the most famous novels of all time is a book called 1984 written by George Orwell. The book is kind of complex, but the main point of the novel is that people are being watched all the time, which is obviously the same premise of the show. Orwell’s estate ended up suing the show, and even though there was not a lot of information about the results of the lawsuit, one has to figure something happened and some payments were made, as the show is still on, and no real information was ever put out there about the results of the lawsuit. That’s the thing with lawsuits as even if the producers lost, they still made a ton of money off the name of the show, so who really cares at the end of the day?
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