Allison Grodner Interview: Not-So Tempting Tree, Matthew’s Lack Of Game, & Breaking All The Rules

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Some of the biggest moments this week on Big Brother 19 were when things didn’t go to plan. Houseguests ignored the Tree of Temptation twist, Matthew left us wondering what he was even doing there, and then when it came to being a Have-Not, Matthew demonstrated that’s really more of an optional part of the game.

We got the chance again this week to ask Big Brother’s executive producer, Allison Grodner about those aspects of last week’s game and she willingly admitted some of the behavior she saw was just as surprising to her. Read on for what she had to say.

Big Brother Network: No one touched the Tree of Temptation! I can’t remember a twist ever being shunned like that. Are there any potential extra incentives or bait for this twist in its final week should things look like a repeat of last week?

Allison Grodner: The unique thing about the temptation twist is that a houseguest could choose to be tempted or they could choose not to be tempted. We always knew that there was a chance a temptation would not be taken and that the story around that could be just as interesting. The dynamic of the house at this point is that no one wants to take the apple for fear of getting a bad apple or even worse becoming the next target.

Matthew Clines came, he sat, he ate some cereal, he frustrated fans, and he eventually left. He never seemed too interested in playing or acting like he even had a shot at winning despite not being in any real danger until this week. With your insight to his character and game, what do you think he was doing in the house this season?

Grodner: I honestly don’t know. As he talked about in his exit interview with Julie, he became invested in Raven early in the game and his loyalty to her and her winning became far greater than his own desire to win. We have never had a houseguest do this before and we are still trying to figure him out.

Matthew broke practically every rule of being a Have-Not this week. He ate regular food, took hot showers, and slept in a regular bed on a daily routine. Even after receiving a penalty vote he persisted in breaking all the rules.

Big Brother continued to remind him of the rules and he continued to break them and even mouth-off in response. Are there any additional consequences a Houseguest can experience for multiple rule violations like we saw with Matthew this week?

Grodner: Matt broke the Have Not rule in order to make sure he was the one evicted instead of Raven. It was his strategy to use this specific rule violation to further Raven in the game. He was actually hoping to have more penalty votes against him. He followed all other rules of the house and Big Brother during the week so it was determined the vote was appropriate. As is, the penalties for breaking the Have Not rules could cost you the game, especially if you are not on the block and receive a penalty nomination. Matt’s goal of sacrificing himself for Raven is unique and, I would predict, a rare occurrence.

Thank you!

Between the time we submitted our questions and had the response the Tree of Temptation returned and closed shop again with a second week of no involvement by the Houseguests. That’s a shame too since a little added spice to the week isn’t always such a bad thing.

As for Matthew’s gameplay, I don’t think the house or the Feeds will miss him at all. In a separate interview I read Matthew claim he was just trying to make sure Raven stayed and he didn’t mean to be a poor sportsman, but that guy turned his joke of a summer into a bad joke by the end.

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52 Comments

  1. Still seems like nonsense that they didn’t boot his behind out the Diary Room door. I suppose it would have made for an awkward situation with an even number of jurors. I just hope, like a few others along the way, that we never see him again.

    • He will be the first one they invite back for an All Star season, because he’s a fan favorite… or something like that

      • Are you saying Matt is a fan favorite?? Not at all if that’s what you’re saying? Matt is at the bottom of every poll I have ever seen.
        Jessica and Cody still continue to beat half the house LOL

      • No, I am not saying Matt is a fan favorite, Paul wasn’t a fan favorite either if you look at last years voting, but Julie Chen said Paul is a fan favorite and she thinks Derrick is one too, so don’t be surprised to see Matt show up again as a “fan favorite”

      • Seriously if he gets fan favourite I will lose my mind! But, I wouldn’t be surprise considering how the season is going!

  2. It seemed that Matt used production as a “strategy” to further Raven’s game..which I thought was not allowed…but then again when they say “expect the unexpected”…I now know what they mean. And someone who cannot walk on her broken/mending foot winning a foot race comp (and live feeds blocked from seeing this whole comp fiasco unfold) will be interesting to watch on the edited version BB wants us to see.

    • Interesting point you made. Food for thought at least regarding if using penalty votes to self-evict is a de-facto use of production as a strategy regardless of whos game you benefit.

    • She admitted he did it! It’s infuriating. If you’re not going to call him on it, then don’t stop players from pretending they have powers they don’t.

  3. I wish the house voted 3 to Raven and 2 to Matt + his penalty vote and had Jason tie break it and send Raven home.

  4. That was the biggest cop out answer I have ever heard, he broke 1 rule, but he did it over and over and over so I guess it doesn’t matter how many times he does it, it counts as breaking 1 rule. What a joke, just cut Paul the check and be done with it

    • He broke 2 rules: ignoring have not and using production as a strategy. Oh wait, this is the Paul show so rules don’t exist.
      The have not hg have been sneaking food all summer anyway. They should just get rid of it. And dump Grodner while they’re at it.

    • Exactly. So I guess if anyone is a have not and know they’re going home they might just as well eat and break the rules.

  5. Boy, I’d sure love to live in Alison Grodner’s world of eternal sunshine, red lollipops, grape flavored freezies and dreamy, ethereal unicorns grazing peacefully out in the fields.

    The woman is the living breathing embodiment of a farce.

    And now, if you will excuse me, I need to put in a call to my investment counselor to dump all my stocks in the Trojan Condom Company. Now that Matthew’s been emancipated from Little Miss Shrieky’s leash I expect sales to plummet.

  6. LAME! She is good at dodging the real question! She just skirts around it.
    The fact that Matt blatantly broke several rules was not just for Raven! That only gave him one vote. What about everything else? Matt did not have to continue to break the rules and Matt did not have to tell production or whoever screw you!
    He should’ve been punished/event that from the game! Super disappointed he got away with what he did!!!!
    Still shaking my head! Shame on Matt!!

  7. Kim Jong Un would play BB better then these chumps…..even Bozo the President would do better…..well, maybe not ( his ego would get stuck in the door )

  8. So, he should have gotten more penalty votes? The result would have been the same. I’m not a fan of what he did, but other than out-right evict him ( which couldn’t happen unless he caused real damage) I don’t know what the producers could do…

  9. Goodner needs to GO!!! BB has gone downhill. HG are useless. Why can’t they go back to earlier BBs where they had food comps and halfway normal people. Have all new people, NO vets of the show.
    I used to enjoy the show more. Now people tell everything they know. The only one keeping a secret is Paul. I will watch till the end. No quitter here. Keep hoping someone will wake up. Sigh loudly.

  10. What’s the point of being a HaveNot if the only consequence for breaking that rule is one penalty vote?
    They should just get rid of HaveNots altogether because it barely gets any air time, and I never truly understood what it added to the game.
    Is it supposed to make people more determined and play harder? Because this season proved being a HaveNot doesn’t matter.

    • I think Have Nots are there for the same reason they ply the guest with alcohol in past season until it came into question….it gets a reaction out of them to create drama. A hungry man is an angry man, and taking away ones comforts brings out the worst in a person. That is the goal. If Have Nots had a purpose , like being penalized for a poor behavior or outcome in a competition then I could give it some respect but it’s not.

  11. One issue
    was answered / resolved…”.A HG does not have to be nominated to receive a penalty vote. Good info to know going forward……

  12. I always look forward to this article and was really looking forward to it this week after all that happened with Matt. I think she kind of scooted around the issue with Matt.

  13. i swear these interviews with allison have become so pointless, she literally jus repeats the question in answrr form and never gives a true answer with any opinions or facts
    for weeks ive read these interviews and while greatful, its become a bit insulting , cause shes not really saying anything.

  14. The real question is was Matt even there until the last veto meeting, he was ghost or a disappearing smoke ring. Then when someone tried to play the game for himself and not Paul then boom he sure made his presence known with a childish vile temper tantrum.

  15. Grodner is a waste of time. Week after week, she gives these awful, basic bitch, cookie cutter answers, and doesn’t give any new information. You could’ve asked me those questions, and I could’ve given you the same answers.

  16. Well we allll know you’re not good at predictions Grodner…. just like when you predicted placing one vet in the house wouldn’t change things much.
    Apparently you weren’t there for BBOTT….

  17. There they are still kissing up to Raven. He broke the rules period. who cares what were his reasons behind it. Doesn’t this woman know that Raven is a pathological liar.

  18. BB was WRONG for not ejecting Matthew for blatantly and repeatedly violating rules/ have-not restrictions. It made BB and it’s head honchos all look like impotent fools and it was a slap in the face to us viewers. Grodner’s explanation was a joke. I have lost so much respect for BB. To me, BB has now lost all credibility. I will still watch the rest of this season. I’ve watched since BB began. But I have very little interest in getting invested in future seasons of BB if this season is any indication of what’s to come next. Matt should not have had the privilege of going to the jury house and he should not have the privilege of casting a vote for the winner.

  19. WOULDN’T I JUST LOVEEEEEE TO BE AT THE FINALE..SO THAT I CAN GET MY BOOO’S OUT OF MY SYSTEM…SO SAD THAT ONE OF THESE UNDESERVING PEOPLE WILL BE COMFORTABLE THE REST OF THERE LIFE WHILE FOLK STRUGGLE TO JUST LIVE…HURTS YOUR HEART..I WOULD SO LOVE TO HUG JODY, AT LEAST THEY TRIED….BUT WHEN YOU HAVE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER WHO THOUGHT THAT PUTTING ONE POPULAR VET AGAINST SOME STAR STRUCK NEWBIES AND THOUGHT THAT EVERYONE WAS GOING TO HAVE AN EQUAL ADVANTAGE..TERRIBLE IDEA…I LIVED FOR MY BBAD..SINCE CODY LEFT I DON’T HAVE AN DESIRE..I BARELY WANT TO WATCH THE SHOW..VERY WEIRD AND DISAPPOINTING SEASON…AFP..CODY!!!!!!!!!!!

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