This past Thursday, (August 9th), I GOT TO LIVE MY SUPERFAN DREAM and go to a Big Brother live eviction.
I need you to feel my excitement, okay? Sure, I might have lived in the house and been on the show but there’s something so magical about seeing the show run live and being in the audience watching it all go down too. Special s/o to Bryce for getting us in! He was Julie Chen’s assistant for years and the reason we were able to get on Julie’s VIP list to get in. (From what I’ve been told, old houseguests aren’t supposed to be able to snag tickets for the evictions. Correct me if I’m wrong though).
Bryce, you da man.
We were told that we all needed to check in to the CBS lot at 4 pm that day for the 6 pm live eviction episode. Our adventure began by Morgan and I getting in a massive fight on the car ride there because we left the house a little late and each blamed each other. 🙂
Here’s a memory of happier times.
Also, here’s a memory of us arguing. Just keepin’ it real.
Don’t you worry though! I sped through Laurel Canyon like my life depended on it. (For those of you who don’t know, it’s a very windy road going through the Hollywood Hills that connects the West Hollywood area of California where we live to the Valley. The Valley houses this particular CBS lot in Studio City). Morgan the entire time was screaming that she was car sick and about to puke but NOPE! I just ignored her and kept on driving. She’s truly blessed to have me in her life. We got to the CBS lot safe and on time and all was well with the world. We locked our phones in the car, as you aren’t allowed to bring them to filming, and ended the fight. Well, by end the fight, I mean I told Morgan to bring her ID and she ignored me. Once we got in the elevator, she realized she actually needed it so had to trek back 3 miles through the concrete wilderness to go grab it. Here’s your important life lesson- always listen to the oldest and wisest sister. 😉
Once we successfully boarded the elevator, we checked in and waited outside with everyone else for about 30 minutes until being ushered into Studio Sound Stage #18. We ended up meeting a mom and her two older sons who were huge Ballsmashers fans! (For those who don’t know, that is referencing Morgan and I’s alliance). I also saw Cochran from Survivor who was in the audience as well. When reality tv worlds collide.
One of the coolest parts about being there was seeing all the familiar faces from production. Most of the people checking us in were working on set when our season, (Big Brother: Over the Top), was filming so it was fun to meet all of them. We got to see Heath, who is in charge of the competitions. I have a funny story about Heath! When in the house, Morgan, Shelby and I would all have completely one-sided conversations with him. We never saw his face and only heard his voice when he was giving us competition instructions. We used to just talk to him and say the stupidest things to entertain ourselves. Like, we pretty much set Heath and Shelby up on a date and would be completely obnoxious. Needless to say, it was cool finally meeting him face-to-face and realizing that he wasn’t scared by us. HAHA, sorry about creeping you out 2 years ago, Heath.
We also saw Ryan who was with us the entire process during BBOTT. There are some things I’m not allowed to talk about but know that Ryan was with the season from the very beginning and it was really neat running into him again unexpectedly. In case you didn’t know, Tyler from BB20 was auditioning for BBOTT as well. He ended up making it as an alternate but ultimately, not on the show. We took a trip down memory lane with Ryan and talked about how during BBOTT finals, Tyler had short, buzzed hair and was wearing a hot pink popped collar polo. It’s funny to compare the difference between that and him embracing his surfer archetype. Good choice though, Tyler. Vans > Polos. One of the production crew members was also wearing a BBOTT hat and it made me smile. We do exist! It was cool to see. We also got to see the various places we interviewed at during finals week, such as the cafeteria, so it was a total deja vu moment.
It was trippy as hell walking in there and seeing the stage again. Last time I was there was for finale. Morgan barely remembers being on that stage cause she’s 99% confident she blacked out after she won. Being back there was like a whole new world for her, guys.
We got seated in the very front and center, which was cool because I wanted to peer through the door into the house once the evicted houseguest left. I’m creepy like that. (In case you’re wondering, I only caught a glimpse of Kaycee in her peanut costume. Rockstar made a comment on the feeds about seeing two blonde girls in the front so I’m assuming she was talking about us!)
While waiting for the show to start, we ran into Don Wollman and Robyn Kass. In case you didn’t know, Don is one of the main producers on Big Brother and also the voice of the diary room. He’s also a precious older man who loves sports jerseys. Like seriously, every time I’ve seen him, he’s in a different jersey. The man is committed. Don ended up doing the whole “Morgan, go to the diary room” voice for the audience and it was funny to see the audience realize WHO he is. When he first went on stage, you could tell everyone thought he was just the warm up act or something. NOPE! He’s one of the main faces behind Big Brother. The gasps from the audience when he did his DR voice were great to observe.
It was cool meeting Robyn for the first time too! She is responsible for casting all of the seasons of Big Brother, (besides ours and Celebrity Big Brother). At first, I wasn’t sure if she knew who we were, to be honest. If anything, I figured she knew who I was because I favorite way too many of her tweets. (Sorry! I can’t help it!) After speaking, I could tell she did know us from BBOTT, which was neat. Here are some fun Robyn Kass tidbits we got for y’all:
1) The player she has been most surprised with in Big Brother 20 is Haleigh.
2) Angela in her casting finals was a bitch. Def a villian! Robyn and Don both talked about how she was cast because of that and they are happy that has started coming out the past week or so. They were waiting for that side of her to show up. (Speaking of Angela, she reminds me of Cersei Lannister and I’m living for it).
3) Robyn spoke a bit about how she was very, very happy and proud of this cast. You can tell she knows she nailed this season.
Don Wollman also did an audience poll where he asked everyone to cheer for the person they are rooting for to win the season. It’s funny because he mentioned everyone but Scottie. Guys, Scottie is going to slip through the cracks and win the whole thing! Even production forgot about him!
During this poll, I was the only one in the audience to clap and cheer for Angela. AWKWARD. IT WAS AWKWARD BUT I’M AN AWKWARD PERSON AND OWN IT. Most people clapped for Tyler, Sam, Haleigh and Brett. I would say that the audience really leaned towards the FOUTTE/Hive side as opposed to the Level 6 side. In fact, the girls behind us hated Level 6. I could hear them talking about it the whole time. They want Fessy to win! Okurrrrrr then.
When Julie came out, she looks perfect as always. No seriously, she looked perfect. I’m not just saying that. She is perfect. Her hair and makeup team are on POINT. It was cool because she immediately recognized Morgan, Bryce and I. She talked to us a bit and called Bryce, Brycie. (They go way back, okay). Bryce, I’m changing your name in my phone to Brycie by the way. Julie asked Morgan & I if we have a better relationship now and the convo basically went like this:
Julie: “How are you both? What did you do with the money you won, Morgan? Also, do you all have a better relationship now? ”
Simultaneously, we both replied:
Yea. That about answers that.
Julie also spoke to the audience a bit and asked if we knew who was being evicted. When most people yelled “Bayleigh,” she replied that the house was currently going back and forth on evicting her and Rockstar and even production didn’t know what was about to happen.
Needless to say, Bayleigh ended up going home. The episode went pretty seamless minus Julie’s mic going out and her handling it like the utmost professional that she is. On a commercial break, she talked about how she couldn’t hear ANYTHING and was completely ad-libbing as she went. If that happened to me on live TV, I would have had a panic attack on the spot and collapsed on the floor in defeat. Nope. Not Julie. THE QUEEN STAYS QUEEN. (Insert Survivor reference, here).
As far as for other things I remember – Bayleigh is very tall in person and VERY modelesque. I couldn’t really tell in the house but she is stunning in real life. It’s funny how the house kind of distorts your size. You can’t really tell how tall people are from watching the feeds/episodes but yep. Bayleigh is tall. Her interview with Julie was great. You can tell she knows how to interview and charm people and I could totally see how she got cast based on how well she handled speaking to Julie. She had fantastic stage presence. One of the other things I remember is that during Bayleigh and Tyler’s fight, the camera crew was cracking up on stage. It was funny to see them break their poker faces for that.
That’s about all that went down during the episode! When the live show ended, Julie’s assistant called us on stage to take photos for social media with Julie. It was SO COOL being back on stage again. Last time I was on that stage, Shelby and I ignored all instructions and ran and tackled Morgan to the ground when she won. I actually barely remember that moment because I think I blacked out too but I remember waiting on stage before!
When exiting the building, we passed by the area where they build all the competitions. I could tell they were building something for Big Brother and I’m pretty sure it was the OTEV set. *Ugh, fangirling right now.*
That’s it! That’s a wrap. To summarize, it was really neat being back and seeing such a familiar environment and familiar faces. If anyone is in the Los Angeles area, I would recommend trying to snag tickets and making an effort to go! It really is such a fantastic experience. Also, Julie is kween.