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Friday
Jul152011

The Brenchel Edit

I've found over the course of the past two years that the best way to tell if a person is a live feeder or not is their opinion of Brendon and Rachel. If one spouts nothing but positivity on them or their relationship, I know they only watch the CBS broadcasts. If their very presence annoys the shit out of them, it's safe to say they have spent plenty of time viewing the live stream.

I don't know who they know at the network, but it's clear they have some sort of connection. Throughout both of their seasons, the camera views rarely leave them. Even when they're in a room with many people, you can bet the "closeup cam" is focused on Rachel. When the two are alone, whether it's in the HOH or outside on the hammock, the vast majority of the time all FOUR cam views feature these two bozos.

This wouldn't be as infuriating if CBS didn't completely alter the footage used of the pair. Last year, network viewers were led to believe they were a modern day Prince and Princess; two angelic people brought together by a reality show, destined to live happily ever after. Live feeders saw it completely different - she was a shrill, annoying narcissist, expecting the world to revolve around her, while he was a self-proclaimed expert in everything who could have been a doctor, lawyer, astronaut, President, dictator. Only when the fight with Ragan was televised did viewers have any clue as to her unbearable nature.

Yet last season's edit is nothing compared to this year. As noted in earlier posts, Rachel is a shell of what we saw last year. What little soul she had is scrubbed completely out of her body. There's not a day that goes by without him pulling her aside to belittle her for the smallest sins. In fact, it generally happens at least three times a day. She can't talk to others without being yelled at by him. She can't look in another direction without being read the riot act. I'm surprised he doesn't get pissed whenever she takes a dump.

Like last year, though, CBS-only viewers have no clue as to Brendon's mental abuse. On last Sunday and Thursday's episode, snippets of them "fighting" were shown. Sunday's segment was primarily about plastic surgery, and it was turned into a "I love you the way you are" kissfest from Brendon. Thursday's portion of the show was a two-parter that occurred earlier in the week that had to do with Brendon's pet name, "Bookie". Both of these incidents were ugly to view in real-time, but once again the editors (and clearly coached diary room narration) transformed hours of bitching into a "I love her oh so much even though she's so silly") wink and nod. 

It will be interesting to see what is shown on Sunday, as the jealous, bitchy Rachel that we knew last year returned after the network telecast concluded. Rachel picked a fight with Cassi for no real reason, and once again Brendon (along with, but much more calmly,  Daniele and Jordan) belittled her for hours. As this is a big part of the week's plotline, it's going to be extremely tough to give her the same positive edit she's enjoyed so far this season.

Friday
Aug062010

Rachel's digging her own grave already

Earlier today, Matt, Rachel and Ragan were together in the cabana room.  When Matt and Rachel started to talk game, Ragan was about to leave the room, to "give them their time to talk".  Rachel said something to the effect of "no, you can stay, cause you two are a partnership". Ragan got pissed and they both told Rachel they had no idea what she was talking about.  Ragan really didn't appreciate it.

Immediately after the spat, Brendon confronted Ragan and said he heard "two people ganging up" on "his girlfriend".  Ragan explained that Brendon wasn't privy to the conversation, so anything he has to say about it means nothing.  Ragan began explaining what really happened:

Rachel was trying to out an alliance in the worst way--just casually saying "oh, you two are together, so it's ok if you stay"--as if Matt and Ragan would have just gone along with it.  Naturally Ragan defended himself.  When people were curious as to what the hell was going on, and Ragan was explaining what happened, Rachel immediately came around and told him "no one needs to know what happened."  In what world, Rachel?  Hello, it's Big Brother.  It's a bunch of people in a house, with nothing else to do. ANYTHING that goes on is everyone else's business.  

Rachel apologized soon thereafter, but her craziness already rubbed everyone the wrong way.  As if she needed the help. 

Before the in-house lockdown that everyone is under now, Rachel was laying in the have-not room, by herself.  Matt decided to break the ice, and check on her, which opened the door for others to come join her.  Brendon and Rachel are in the have-not room now, talking about dinner, she's claiming she doesn't want to eat.  

Poor Rachel.  Boo-effin'-hoo.  

There is still no "Nominations Today" screen, however, the house knows there's something going on. They've been talking about Pandora's Box--clueless as to what is possibly in store for them.

Saturday
Jul312010

POV Players Have Been Chosen

The POV players have been drawn! Competing against Rachel, Kristen, and Hayden will be Britney, Enzo, and Ragan. Brendon was chosen by Rachel to host the little shindig.

Ragan is convinced that this POV will involve the much beloved unitard along with various prizes and punishments. It is the right time to have this competition so who knows. After the competition today, we just might see one of the hamsters dressed all in red! How funny would it be if Enzo was the one stuck in the unitard!

Kathy's really disappointed she didn't get picked to play in the competition as she was planning on winning it and taking Kristen off the block. No - seriously! The thought of her winning a competition is hilarious! Perhaps if it was an endurance competition for curling eyelashes and applying mascara she would have a chance. Oh and if it involved who could lay down the longest! Ha!

Kristen and Hayden are really going to have to fight for their lives in the POV competition today as nobody chosen to play have any plans on using the POV to save them. Again, that's as of today. Who knows what could happen in the end.

Anybody out there hoping that Kristen or Hayden wins the POV today? Do you think this might be the unitard POV competition? Let your fingers do the talking in the comments!

Wednesday
Jul282010

Some Excitement On The Feeds - One House Guest In Tears.

So we had some action today - and hopefully will have some more later on. 

Being as I have tweeted (BBGossip) and posted about it on ilovereality.com - I am just going to do what someone requested after my flashback tutorial.  Here are the highlights with the time "links" to the actual video.

9:45am Camera 3: Andrew confronts Kristen and Kathy and tells them to 'stop playing me like a fiddle." Implying that the two of them are aligned (Kristen has been telling him she was going to vote out Kathy).

10:11am Camera 3 or 4: Voices are raised as Kristen is really ticked off at Andrew for calling her out 'in public' and that she had told him she would be comforting Kathy a lot this week.  Andrew says he knows he is going but Kristen better watch her back.

10:15am Camera 1 or 2: Andrew in the "Have Not" room in tears. 

11:00am Camera 1 or 2: Andrew is Still in tears.

11:21am Camera 1 or 2: Andrew talking to Ragan.  Asks Ragan what would he do if he knew about one of his friends being cheated on.  Would he expose it?  He would (watch it to see the exact phrasing).

11:45am Camera 2: Andrew meets with Brendon in the "Cabana" room and in a round about way tells Brendon he is going to help Brendon and Rachel by messing up things for Kristen and Hayden.  This was in super secret whisper mode that you need headphones to hear.

So it looks like Andrew felt out Ragan and got the answer he wanted.  In Andrews mind Kristen is cheating on her 'boyfriend' (of a couple weeks before the show) with Hayden.  By exposing this relationship to the house Rachel and Brendon will be seen as less of a threat and the target may shift to this newly reealed 'alliance.'  I have no clue how Andrew thinks it might save him - but I can see how it might help Rachel and Brendon a bit.

I'm not sure if Andrew plans to do this today - or tomorrow - he has discussed calling a meeting - but in his convo with Brendon he mentioned doing something tomorrow night.

 

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Tuesday
Jul272010

Nicole, Britney's (Imaginary) Arch Rival.

 

So some of us have been jumping on to the Britney bandwagon as we feel the house in general has been a bit lacking so far this season (I have hopes it will improve).  Britney has been much more tolerable this week with Monet gone and last night was a good example of what she brings to the feeds.

Now Britney is engaged and her fiancées name is Nick.  At some point, most likely long before she entered the house, Britney created a girlfriend for Nick and last night she described some of the finer points of this person, named 'Nicole.'  She was in the HoH room with Ragan, Matt and Andrew when the topic was brought up by Matt - it is very apparent that the guys have heard several "Nicole" stories but it was my first experience. 

  • Nicole's boobs are so small she doesn't need a bra but she wears a sports bra because she's, 'all about comfort.'
  • She totally parts her hair down the center and it just lays flat on the sides because Nicole is way too cool to worry about her hair.
  • Nicole Jogs... she's a 'fricken jogger'... she's a 'marathoner'...   and now she's trying to get Nick into running.
  • She gets spray tans even though she has a naturally dark complextion (Britney, "She's such a whore.")
  • Nicole hates reality TV, she's too good for it.  Ragan, relaying something Britney has apparently said in the past, explains that Nicole was however on an episode of, "Girls Gone Wild."
  • Nicole used to be a bartender and has slept with like 200 guys, but she stopped when she decided it was time to get a real job as a dental hygenist.
  • Nicole tries to match her scrubs to Nicks, they probably leave their house together in matching scrubs.
  • Nicole drived a Jeep Liberty and its "that dark purple."
  • Once a week Nicole wears a visor.
  • Nicole eats pizza with beer on the weekends, then feels bad about it and throws up after.
  • Nicoles favorite movie is Resident Evil.

This goes on for ten minutes or so and I can see why Britney was cast for the Big Brother House - she really can be entertaining when she wants to be.   She should be staying around for a few more weeks at this point as she isn't seen as a super strong player and hasn't ruffled too many feathers since Monet left the house.

If you have the live feeds and want to see Britney talk about "Nicole" - use the flashback option and go to Camera 1 on 7/26 at 11:15pm.

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Thursday
Jul012010

Where my gays at? BB12 Edition.

So, we're used to the stereotypical homosexual in the house.  What about this year?  I know the bowtie is on the "colorful side", but seriously, is Ragan my gay or am I doomed to live without!? 

Whereas I'm excited to see a hot bisexual chick completely fail at using her sexuality for any competitive gain, I need my gay drama most recently fulfilled by Kevin Campbell of BB11.  I miss that scarf-wearing little rascal.

P.S. Hayden's hipster mop top needs to go, or I can't enjoy him.  But I'll toooooooootally watch him sunbathe with Dame. 

UPDATE:

So he's so gay, thanks commenter, my suspicions (and lack of attention to detail) was at least correct. 

Here's why I think he's even awesomer.  Ragan is too successful and media connected to play the real game.  He has a podcast which airs on Sirius Satellite called Fox and the City and a blog found here http://www.raganfox.com/ He's my pick for shenanigan city. hmmm.

Thursday
Jul012010

Meet The New Hamsters Of Big Brother 12 - Part 2

Welcome to the continuation of yesterday evening's post and more of my very unscientific snap judgments on the new Big Brother Hamsters!  One week from today we're going to see the new Big Brother 12 houseguests in action on our big and small screens.  I'm getting more and more excited as the hours pass and I hope you are too.  So let's get on with their bios shall we?

KathyKathy is my pre-season favorite.  She is a 40-year-old Deputy Sheriff in Arkansas and is an ovarian cancer survivor.  She seems fairly down-to-earth with a little thrill for adventure.  I actually don't see anything about her bio that I don't like.

Now some (outside of the house) won't like the fact that she's with law enforcement but I have a feeling that those in the house will be intrigued by it. I just hope that she's not asked too many questions about it because that will only mean one thing (fish or five or whatever the hell else it'll be called this season) on the feeds.  I can't see any other things that people could NOT like about her at this point although I'm sure we'll hear the standard hick jokes about her shooting guns and goin' muddin'.

I'm pretty sure that Kathy will find herself in the house mother role rather easily and because of her age and her job she'll probably get along with everybody pretty well.  So put me down for Team Kathy!

KristenScott, one of my fellow bloggers here, is already pretty taken with Kristen.  She is a gorgeous young lady and seems to have a decent head on her shoulders according to her bio.  I appreciate that she's been on her own (financial and otherwise) since the age of 18.  Yeah, she's only 24 but that seems to be more and more abnormal nowadays so good on her!  A boutique manager from Philadelphia, Kristen enjoys going to the gym, meditating, and shopping.  I find it interesting that Braden (BB11) was her favorite just because of his looks.  Something tells me she'd never heard of Big Brother before and was probably cast for the show.  What a shocker right? Ha!

Overall, I like Kristen so far and I hope that the word 'like' isn't used too often when she speaks.  She's also going to be great eye candy for the guys both in and out of the house.

LaneIf Kristen is looking for a romance (or even a showmance), Lane seems like a perfect match for her.  An oil rig salesman in Texas, he considers himself funny, outgoing, and athletic.  Lane enjoys riding motorcycles, working out, and hanging with his friends.  OK, this guy's entire bio should just be put up on any one of the various online dating sites.  He sounds like a petty swell guy outside of the house but I wonder how exciting he'll be to watch inside the house.

Oh, and being afraid of electric fences?  That's a little weird but understandable I guess.

MattMatt is another hamster with an almost perfect-sounding bio up. 32 years old, he's a web designer that enjoys playing and writing music, hockey, and annoying people for his own amusement.  Matt considers himself intelligent and a sweet-talker who says that while he's in the house it's going to be all about the game.  Let's hope he's not one of those that makes up stupid little lies about himself.  I can't stand those types!

He's a fan of Will (BB2, All-Stars) and Dan (BB10) and seems to have a little cockiness about himself.  I can't try to even guess how exciting he'll be to watch on the feeds but his bio sounds more exciting than Lane's.  Not by much though.

MonetMonet seems interesting.  She's a 24-year-old model in Illinois who still lives at home with her parents (according to one of the videos from The Early Show).  That's something that automatically gets on my nerves - especially when she's referred to as a princess.  However, she seems like our typical young beauty put in to have America fall in love with.

She says she's the coolest person you'll ever meet (gag) and considers herself exotic and active.  Monet says she's not a fan of "ditsy, stupid girls or guys who think they're all that" but is a fan of Jordan (BB11).  Now before all of you Jordan fans get up in arms and storm the comments with pitchforks, I never thought that Jordan considered herself 'all that' but come on, she was a ditz.

Monet's proudest accomplishments are being on 'The Young and the Restless' and having a great drivers license photo.  She also says she thinks that Big Brother's had too many trashy bimbos on the show so let's hope she doesn't find herself falling into that role.

RachelRachel is another hamster that seems like she'll be interesting to watch.  A 26-year-old VIP cocktail waitress in Las Vegas and a Chemistry graduate student? Hmmm.  She considers herself bubbly and effervescent and everything about her bio says that about her as well. 

She says she's going to hustle the hamsters in the house like she does at work (to get them to buy her champagne) and I can see that about her.  I think she'll definitely be one of our top schemers this season and I can't wait to see what she does.  Will she start scheming too early and burn out or let it simmer.  Something tells me this girl is not the simmering type though.

RaganRagan is a guy I'm just really not sure about.  He's a 34-year-old college professor in California who considers himself funny, intelligent, and genuine.  His voice got on my nerves like nothing in a long time in the Early Show videos and he seems to be quite exuberant.

His strategy for winning Big Brother is the perfect one as a combination of it has worked in just about every season.  Whether he can do it or not is another story.  As a gay man, he says he'd rather not live with homophobes (well duh).  He also says he'd rather not live with ultra conservatives or 18-23 year-olds.  I can understand that since that's the ages of the kids he teaches at school.  But isn't that kind of stupid at the same time considering the show he's going on?

I could crack jokes on his silly bow tie but I won't because it wouldn't surprise me if Big Brother made him wear that for his picture.  At least I hope so!  I think Ragan is going to be quite the hamster to watch.  I'm just not sure if it's going to be in a good or bad way.  Regardless, I'm sure he'll bring some conversation topics to the table more important than the latest fashion crazy or Twilight movie.

So that's the rest of the hamsters this season!  What do you think about them?  Do you have any that you like or dislike so far?  I can't wait until they get into the house and our pre-season opinions change of them.  That's one of my favorite things each season!

Let me know what you think in the comments below.  And if you're a Twitter fan, follow me already!

Wednesday
Jun302010

Big Brother 12 House Guests - The Men.

Here ya go, the HGs and their mini "bios"

Name: Andrew Gordan

Age: 39

From: Miami Beach, Fla

Occupation: Podiatrist

Best Blurb: What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Not seeing my daughter is always hard, but the most difficult part of living inside the Big Brother house will be not watching ESPN daily

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Brendon Villegas

Age: 30

From: Riverside, Calif.

Occupation: High School Swim Coach

Best Blurb: What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Getting a full ride to UCLA for a PhD in Biom. Physics

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Enzo Palumbo

Age: 32

From: Bayonne, N.J.

Occupation: Insurance Adjuster

Best Blurb: Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most or least: I like Justin from season 1 the most. (my note - there was no Justin on BB1.  However the Justin on BB2 was the one thrown out for the knife incident with Krista - YIKES!).

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Hayden Moss

Age: 24

From: Tempe, AZ

Occupation: College Student

Best Blurb: What is the accomplishment you are most proud of: Being a part of Arizona State University Baseball, the best program in the country

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Lane Elenburg

Age: 24

From: Decatur, Texas

Occupation: Oil Rig Salesman

Best Blurb: Is there anything else you want to tell the audience about yourself: I am a very competitive person. I have been in and around sports all my life. Also, I work in public relations so I can twist and play every person in that house which should enable me to come out on top.

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Matt Hoffman

Age: 32

From: Elgin, IL

Occupation: Web Designer

Best Blurb: Favorite activities: Playing music, writing music, watching TV, watching/playing hockey, hanging/drinking with friends and annoying people for my own amusement

Link To CBS Page

 

Name: Ragan Fox

Age: 34

From: West Hollywood, Calif.

Occupation: College Professor

Best Blurb: What types of people would you NOT choose to live with you in the house: Homophobes, 18-23 year-olds (the ages of students I teach), ultra conservatives

Link To CBS Page

 

Tell us what you think of the guys!