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Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 1:46PM EST
Julie Chen could see Celebrity Big Brother becoming an annual event
"It’s definitely possible," she says. "With these ratings, it did what we hoped as opposed to running repeats of the current slate of shows. It all depends how well all the shows on the air are doing. But don’t forget, B.B. takes up a lot of real estate on the prime-time schedule. We are used to having at least three nights to air in a week. CBS is known for having a strong schedule of shows year round so it’s hard to say right now what will happen next winter."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Stop taking Omarosa's Celebrity Big Brother comments about Trump seriously!
Omarosa's comments keep being written up as news when her observations could have come from anybody, says Daniel Fienberg. "For the past week," he writes, "a strange and sad thing has occurred where seasoned political reporters and entertainment reporters alike have been forced to glue their eyeballs to the live feeds for Celebrity Big Brother because of the annoying possibility that reality TV retread and discarded Trump Administration castaway Omarosa Manigault-Newman might say something controversial and therefore meaningful — which is not the same as saying something substantive and therefore meaningful, because we know with reasonable certainty that that's not going to happen — about her former boss in the White House." ALSO: Julie Chen thinks Omarosa "played up" her asthma attack.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Julie Chen hopes Omarosa speaks out about Trump and generates headlines for Celebrity Big Brother
But Chen worries that Omarosa will refuse to be her controversial self, even though the Celebrity Big Brother host is quick to point out that CBS hasn’t muzzled her from discussing her former boss. “My theory is that she doesn't want to say too much because she wants people to buy her supposed book that she's working on,” says Chen. “I’m like, ‘Don't you want to tease something to the viewers?’ I'm hoping she does. And if she does and continues to, you're going to force every single news outlet in the country and maybe beyond to be monitoring the live feeds 24/7. If she says one thing at 2 a.m. that's a bombshell no one wants to get out-scooped on. If I worked at MSNBC, CNN or CBS News I would assign people just to trail her actions in the house and watch her. I would form an 'Omarosa Watch' if I was running a news division.” Chen also revealed which Celebrity Big Brother contestant got away. “Timing didn't work out for Boy George. I really wanted him and was proud of that pick,” says Chen. Boy George was banned from appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in Britain 2009 because he was on probation.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
Report: Celebrity Big Brother winner will be awarded $500,000
Each of the celebrity contestants will earn a minimum of $200,000 for their participation, TMZ reports. ALSO: Julie Chen gives a tour of the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Celebrity Big Brother host Julie Chen just recently learned Omarosa’s last name
Chen tells CBS This Morning how her CBS reality show snagged the former Trump White House advisor and reality TV veteran.
Posted Thursday 9/14/17 at 2:43PM EDT
Julie Chen: Les Moonves made me take a pay cut for Celebrity Big Brother
Chen says of her CBS boss husband: “He said, 'You tell your attorney this is not a game we're playing. Everyone's taking a haircut. This is the only way it will make sense financially. You shouldn't be expected to be paid as if it's a full series. It's a condensed version.'"
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 2:25PM EDT
Big Brother will finally try a celebrity edition
There have been 20 seasons of Celebrity Big Brother in Britain since 2001, yet CBS hasn’t tackled the format. That will change this winter when CBS airs a shortened star-studded edition. “We have discussed it as far back as season 2,” says Julie Chen. “And then again about a year or two ago, but the economics didn’t make sense then. We found a way to make it work, and that’s all I can say!”