Big Brother 16 Casting Won't Change, Says Julie Chen
|Julie Chen on Big Brother 16: Casting won't change|
Julie says CBS did not want to call out houseguests during the finale because they they didn't want to take away from the winner. She also says don't count on Big Brother 16's casting procedures to be any different than they were for Big Brother 15.
EW: Why didn’t you talk more in the post-finale about the contestants who behaved badly and who lost their jobs?
JC: Fans really seemed to want that payoff. We wanted the finale to be a celebration of who won, and not have the spotlight moved away from that person. We didn’t want the whole show to be me scolding the Houseguests.
EW: You spent time with Aaryn, Spencer and GinaMarie after they left the house. Who seemed the most embarrassed about their in-house behavior?
JC: I actually did not spend any time with any of the Houseguests after they left the house. But I did hear that Aaryn was very concerned with how she was received by America and was very quiet and shell-shocked. As for Spencer and GinaMarie, I don’t think either realizes they did anything offensive. They’re probably finding out right now as they are combing the internet.
EW: Does it seem time to change casting procedures? Do you think its important that the producers vet people better?
JC: Absolutely not. This summer may have been controversial and offensive, but it was real. You have to keep in mind people put their best face forward during the casting interviews. We didn’t see any of this behavior during casting. And once the game starts you can’t predict how people will behave — that speaks to the unpredictability of the show.
EW: Do you think MVP worked? Will they do it again?
JC: I do think MVP worked. Just to see the paranoia run rampant and take over that house, it was worth it. I doubt that we’ll do it again, because that trick has been done. I’m sure we’ll think of something more devious for next summer.After this crazy season do you think casting should change for Big Brother 16? If so, how?