Big Brother 2015: Julie Chen Reveals What Happened to the Takeover Twists

Many Big Brother 2015 fans may still be wondering what happened to the Big Brother 17 Takeover Twists that we were promised in the first week of the season. On launch night, host Julie Chen promised Big Brother fans new twists every week.

BB17: Julie Chen

These twists lasted for three weeks. The first week’s Takeover Twist had The Amazing Race host Phil Keooghan take over the Big Brother game. He sent in two former Amazing Race players, Jackie Ibarra and Jeff Weldon. Next, he gave players who sat out of that week’s Head of Household competition immunity from eviction.

Their fast forward pass kept Da’Vonne Rogers and Vanessa Rousso safe from eviction. They could also use it to keep two other players safe. Vanessa chose to keep Austin Matelson safe. Da’Vonne chose to keep Liz Nolan and Julia Nolan safe.

The second week introduced Kathy Griffin‘s Last Laugh twist, which gave one player the ability to void three votes. Da’Vonne won this prize but it didn’t save her from eviction. The final Takeover Week was a Gronk party week.

NFL player Rob Gronkowski took over that week, but it didn’t have any effect on the game. It was more of a theme week, just like the next week, which was 90ies week.

Big Brother 17 fans have long wondered why exactly CBS just stopped this twist, without warning or explanation. Reality Blurred briefly spoke with Julie and asked her about the Takeover Twists. She responded:

“We had so much going on, it was better to focus on the pure game–because the game is genius–and the twin twist. You don’t want to give the viewers too much to balance out between, ‘Oh, the power of veto. Oh the double HOHs.’ There was enough going on. You have to clean up a little bit. Pure game.”

This seems like a smart move by CBS because Big Brother 17 has revived the game, in a purely unpredictable way. You are never sure who is safe, who is the next target, etc. It keeps us all guessing. However, during the final weeks of Big Brother 2015, we may see the Takeover twist rising from the grave to keep the game interesting.


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