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Big Brother Celebrates Christmas 2014 [PICS]

| December 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT

Checking in with some of our favorite Big Brother Houseguests from past seasons we found lots of Christmas cheer to go around this holiday.

Big Brother Christmas with Hayden & Nicole

Big Brother Christmas with Hayden & Nicole – Source: Instagram

We found Cody asking Santa for a do-over, Amber enjoying a banana-free tree, and Hayden working on a game he could win. Derrick shared a great video of his daughter Tenley discovering the joy of Christmas morning.

Looking farther back we a very merry Christmas for Howard Overby who got engaged, Elissa who found diamonds in a decoy box, and Andy looking forward to anything year of antagonizing his detractors. Check out the gallery and see what these former HGs were doing for Christmas this year.

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Source: Twitter & Instagram

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Big Brother 17 Rumors A Hoax, Says Big Brother Casting Director Robyn Kass

| December 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT

While many Big Brother fans are still recovering from a hectic season this past summer the Big Brother 17 rumor mill is hard at work churning out tales as talls as Derrick’s “Holla!” stacks last season.

Robyn Kass, Big Brother Casting Director

Robyn Kass, Big Brother Casting Director – Source: YouTube

Big Brother’s Casting Director Robyn Kass took to Twitter this weekend to blast supposed rumors and “leaks” for BB17 coming from the usual fake sources that we’ve seen in the past:

Readers may remember from a few years ago the fake ex-employee that promised the whole season was rigged from Amanda to win (it wasn’t) since she was best friends with executive producer Allison Grodner (she wasn’t). The seemingly obvious fake story found quite a following of believers even after Amanda was evicted and sent off to the Jury house.

Looks like someone is desperate for attention and trying the same rumor again for Big Brother 17 but Robyn calls them out for their weak and unimaginative approach:

Kass confirms any “insider” claims floating around are false and that casting for Big Brother 2015 hasn’t even begun yet which is good news for hopeful Houseguests still planning to submit an application to be on Big Brother next season. You’ve still got plenty of time, but don’t wait! Hurry up and apply to be on the show. Maybe we’ll be talking about you next summer!

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Big Brother 16: Caleb Reynolds Surprises Fans With New Girlfriend [PHOTOS]

| December 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM EDT

Last week Big Brother 16’s Caleb Reynolds announced he was heading to Colorado to film a commercial and squeeze in some vacation time ahead of Christmas. Soon that trip expanded when he revealed his need for those old bunny slippers was officially over thanks to his new girlfriend.

Caleb Reynolds introduces new girlfriend, Ashley Jay

Caleb Reynolds introduces new girlfriend, Ashley Jay – Source: Twitter

Caleb officially made the transfer from Beastmode Cowboy to Beastmode Boyfriend this past week sharing the news with his fans. “Okay everyone, yes I am dating someone. And she is amazing! And has a beautiful soul. I believe this one is from God,” said Caleb through a posting on Twitter.

Soon the flood of photos of Caleb and his new girlfriend, Ashley Jay, arrived along with lots of thanks to his fans for supporting his happy news. Looks like the pair were both there in Colorado for the same commercial shoot and were wasting no time in building up their selfie collection.

According to Ashley’s profile she’s the host of Ultimate Hunting on Outdoor Channel, a fitness freak, and a national bikini competitor. Unfortunately, she doesn’t mention her stance on pickles, but “at the end of the day,” I’d say we’ve got a solid match here, don’t you think?

Check out some of their photos below and see what Caleb is up to these days.

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Image source: Twitter 1, 2 & Instagram 1, 2

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‘All Access’ Flashback: Big Brother 5 Season Premiere Recap

| December 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM EDT

This week in our Big Brother All Access Flashback series we’ve arrived at Big Brother 5 from 2004. Whew, an entire decade ago. Let’s see what Big Brother was like then and how that season started out.

Big Brother 5 logo

Big Brother 5 on All Access – Source: CBS

BB5 continued the Twist themes with Project “Do Not Assume” (DNA) which actually gave the viewers something to enjoy on one side and something for the HGs on the other, but more on that later. The season started out early/mid July and wrapped up in late/mid September and gave us 14 Houseguests, but only 13 joined us on premiere night.

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That first night we were introduced to Adria, Drew, Diane, Holly, Jase, Nakomis (Jennifer), Karen, Lori, Marvin, Cowboy (Michael), Mike, Scott, and Will. They met in front of the house like they always do and were sent in in groups to find a bed in the same layout of three bedrooms. Last season’s burlap beds were replaced with hard slabs this time with the bonus of a thin pad to sleep on. Lovely.

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Big Brother 16 Winner Derrick Levasseur Takes Caribbean Cruise Vacation – Updated [PHOTOS]

| December 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT

It isn’t easy being the winner of Big Brother what with all the counting of stacks and stacks of cash. Those stacks are even bigger when you’re the highest earning winner in a single season evah! Luckily, Derrick Levasseur got to take some time off over the past few days to go on a Caribbean cruise vacation with his family for what looks like an awesome and well deserved trip.

Derrick Levasseur shares vacation photos with his fans

Derrick Levasseur shares vacation photos with his fans – Source: Instagram

Last week Derrick began sharing photos on his Instagram account as he arrived in Fort Lauderdale to embark on a sun-filled vacation down to Mexico along with his wife, Jana, and daughter, Tenley. Settling in on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas the family took off in to the sunset.

Derrick teased fans with photos from the ship and their stops along the way including Mr Sancho’s in Cozumel and having to “struggle” through the challenges of watching football in December from aboard the cruise ship. Yep, definitely feeling envious of that fun!

Somehow I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of his cruise Derrick had convinced the captain to let him take over and everyone else agreed to jump over the sides so he could be the last to leave.

Check out the photos Derrick shared and we’ll keep an eye out for any more fun pics he posts on Twitter & Instagram. Who else thinks they could use a vacation like this?? Maybe you should apply to be on Big Brother 17 and take your own trip after you win!

Update: Derrick shared a few new pics as his trip wrapped up including a few reunion shots with his close ally from Big Brother 16, Victoria Rafaeli.

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Source: Instagram

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‘All Access’ Flashback: Big Brother 4 Season Premiere Recap

| December 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM EDT

Welcome to the twisty, twist twists, as one former Big Brother Houseguest is wont to do. Big Brother 4 arrived in 2003 and brought with it the first big season of twists that’s now busily filling every Big Brother summer. Let’s take a look back through that season’s premiere.

Big Brother 4 logo

Big Brother 4 on All Access – Source: CBS

As part of my All Access Flashback series I’m continuing on to Season 4 of Big Brother this week with its twist “The X Factor.” Thirteen HGs entered the BB House that summer and ten of them were there opposite a former loved one while the other three dodged that bullet.

This season we got to know Alison & Justin (ex), Amanda (ex) & Scott, Dana (no ex HG), David & Michelle (ex), Erika & Robert (ex), Jack (no ex HG), Jee (ex) & Jun, and Nathan (no ex HG). There was originally another HG who was allegedly tossed out just before the game started after making outside contact.

So about that twist, only eight of that season’s HGs were part of the opening night move-in event where they gathered outside the front door. These original eight included Alison, Dana, David, Erika, Jake, Jun, and Nathan.

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They were sent in groups of 3-3-2 and each group had to send a HG to a different bedroom to help mix things up. During move-in Jun tried to share a bed with Nathan, who declined the offer, but later in her DR session we saw Jun suggest she had changed her mind. Heh.

It doesn’t take long for the new Big Brother Houseguests to notice there are more glasses than current players settling in to their new home, but the truth isn’t revealed for awhile longer.

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