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Thursday
Sep182008

Controversy Over Memphis' Car


Big Bro Walks Over Memphis
Posted Sep 18th 2008 1:15PM by TMZ Staff

"Big Brother" is in a little doo doo this AM.

In the first episode of BB10, Memphis won a sweet 1969 Camaro in a car-pulling contest (don't ask). Small problem -- "Big Brother" couldn't give the car away because the show didn't own it. We're told someone else actually held the title. In fact, the car had already been returned to the owner almost immediately after the contest.

Memphis the Mixologist was none the wiser because no one told him about the snag while he was inside the house. But on Tuesday, Memphis gained his freedom, losing to Dan, and learned the car he had come to treasure wasn't really his. Another problem -- the car has been repainted since it was on the show.

We're told producers are now scrambling to buy the car from the real owner. Sources say the real owner will turn the keys over for $24,000. A '69 Camaro online sell for anywhere between 7 and as much as 80 grand. Fact is, Big Bro doesn't have a lot of bargaining power, so they are more SOL than HOH.

We made several calls to "Big Brother" -- so far, no comment.

Update to the Story:
Memphis Takes "Big Brother" for a Ride

Posted Sep 18th 2008 7:28PM by TMZ Staff

Memphis, the "Big Brother" contestant who won a 1969 Camaro the show didn't even own, has decided he doesn't want the car anyway.

After setting up a test-drive to see if he wanted the classic car -- which "Big Bro" would've had to purchase from the rightful owner -- Memphis realized the gas-guzzler wasn't for him and chose to pocket an undisclosed amount of greenbacks instead.

Reader Comments (3)

See? What did I say - that car wasn't even worth $30k like some guessed. Good for Memphis!

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIndyMike

with these gas prices it was his best move all season! take the money and run...literally!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercallie44

Even after reading that, April is probably still convinced the car is worth $800,000 or something.

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbish

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