Allison Grodner Interview: Missing Goodbye Messages, Raven’s Delusions, & Final Three HGs

Alex Ow talks with Julie Chen on Big Brother 19

Big Brother 19 is wrapping up its season as we went from Final 5 down to Final 3 in a matter of a few days. Choices and actions are more critical than ever and that includes those strategic goodbye messages from the Houseguests. Josh put his to good use the round before but then nothing happened with Alex’s eviction. So where do those messages go when we don’t see them after an eviction?

We put that question to Big Brother’s Executive Producer Allison Grodner this week along with topics on the Jury House delusions and which of the remaining HGs has delivered the biggest surprise for her this season.

Big Brother Network: In the quick pace of the special eviction Alex didn’t have a chance to see her goodbye messages on stage. We were waiting to see if Josh dropped another bomb that night. What happens to the messages when they aren’t part of the show? Do Jurors get to see their video messages from any of the Houseguests later at the Jury House or backstage after the eviction show each week?

Grodner: Since this was a surprise eviction, we did not have messages ahead of time because it would have clued them in. Once Alex was gone the houseguests recorded messages that went to the jury house. Josh was consistent in revealing his alliance to Alex just as he has to Jason, Matt, Raven and Kevin. It will be interesting to see how this information affects the jury and the jury roundtable discussion at the finale.

The Jury House was a hot mess of delusion for one HG in particular. Raven seems pretty committed to her title of the season’s puppet master. Who knew? Do you think the Jury will ever sway Raven otherwise or is she set to leave the season convinced of that title?

Grodner: It was surprising for sure to hear that Raven sees herself as the puppet master. Her insistence has created a lot of tension at the jury house and is sure to be a hot topic at the jury roundtable debate. I am looking forward to hearing Paul’s response when he hears this as well.

Final Three is here! Which F3 Houseguest has surprised you the most this season?

Grodner: Hands down it has to be Josh. He was really distraught in the beginning, missing his family and getting lost in his own head – we didn’t think he would make it through the first week. Now he is at the end of the game and he actually has a shot at walking away the winner. I would never have predicted that in a million years.

Thank you!

Well I learned something new today. After all these seasons I was never sure if Jurors ever got to hear the goodbye messages HGs recorded for them if they weren’t played on stage. They do! And even better is to hear that Josh kept his g’bye message game rolling strong.

The Big Brother 19 2-hour finale arrives this Wednesday, Sept. 20th (8/7c) on CBS & CBS All Access!


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