Julie Chen Moonves doesn’t just talk about what’s to come Big Brother this season, but she also responds to the treatment of house guests Taylor Halewhich caused quite a stir on social media.
The longtime host, 52, is addressing fans who feel the personal stylist is unfairly targeted by her competitors.
“I’m not obsessed with live feeds, so I haven’t seen everything people are talking about,” she says exclusively Us. “I can tell if you spoke to Taylor I’m not sure she would feel what everyone is saying because a lot of things happened behind her back, which is classic Big Brother.”
Julie addresses microaggressions in the house that have prompted former houseguests and members to do so big brother 23‘s Cookout Alliance to speak out for Taylor.
“I will say that microaggression is real and happens every day,” says the CBS personality. “When they happen, it’s usually the person who is the perpetrator, often not their intention. I will say that Big Brother house is no different. When you are put in this house and everyone is your competitor and you see people as a threat, sometimes people will play so hard at the game and start a campaign where you know, ‘Let me back someone’s back.’ “
Julie likens the house to high school and “not in a good way” to the “little jealousies and the game,” adding, “Who is someone who judges others? We are in no position to judge. We have not stepped into that person’s shoes. We’ve never been to the Big Brother house in competition. And I think at the end of the day we all have flaws. We all need to practice forgiveness, compassion, mercy and grace.”
As for the live eviction on Thursday July 14, Julie can’t reveal if the rumors surrounding Paloma Aguilar The leaving game are true but says they are addressed in the episode.
More details on this summer’s twist will also be revealed. “We’re going to be revealing more angles of the ‘Backstage Boss’ twist on today’s show, and we have a new twist for the house guests next week,” she explains. “[The houseguests] been together 24/7 for a few weeks and you get to know people. The house guests mustBig Brother Beast.”
Julie adds: “We will be hosting a live competition, which is just part one of a multi-part competition that will determine power in the house and will be held on the Sunday night show.”
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Us weekly: Hello Julia. So the feeds are down. What can you tell us at this hour about what is going on in the house? There are some rumours…
Julie Chen Moonves: I can’t address the rumors floating around here, but those rumors will be addressed on tonight’s live clearance show. I told you when we first spoke before we even started the season that our first live eviction night was going to be like no other live eviction night in the history of the game. And boy is that true? It’s going to be a show that’s constantly… as I’m talking to you right now, I’m getting messages from Big Brother and said, “OK, the script we sent you late last night is completely changing.” I don’t even know what to expect now. I can’t wait to get to the office. So yes, questions will be answered on the live clearance show tonight.
Us: Is there still a live eviction or do we not even know?
JCM: I can’t go into that now.
Us: What can you say about the twist and how it will affect things?
JCM: We’ll be revealing more angles of the Backstage Boss variant in today’s show, and next week we’ll have a new variant for the houseguests. I can only say [that] The houseguests have been together 24/7 for a few weeks and you get to know people. The house guests mustBig Brother Beast.”
Us: Will there be another competition, like a competition on Sunday evening?
JCM: Oh yeah. That will happen. Tonight we’re going to be hosting a live contest, which is just part one of a multi-part contest that will determine power in the house and will be contested on the Sunday night show.
Us: I have to ask because there has been some excitement on social media about how Taylor is being treated in the house, and rightly so. There has also been a flood of support for her from former houseguests – the Cookout Alliance spoke out about that too. What have you seen and what do you think of how Taylor is being treated?
JCM: I’m not obsessed with the live feeds so I haven’t seen everything people are talking about. I can tell if you were to talk to Taylor I’m not sure she would feel what everyone is saying because a lot of things happened behind her back which is classic Big Brother. I will say that microaggressions are real and happen every day. When they happen, it is usually the person who is the perpetrator, often not their intention. I will say that Big Brother house is no different. You know, when you’re put in this house and everyone’s your competitor and you see people as a threat, sometimes people play so hard and start a campaign of, “Let me talk trash, someone behind his or her back.”
Big Brother, is kind of like high school in the days of 10,000 in a lot of ways, but not in a good way, you know, the little jealousies and games and whatnot. But I would say who among us is, even if you watch live feeds every single second, who is someone judging others? We are in no position to judge. We have not stepped into that person’s shoes. We’ve never been to the Big Brother house in competition. And I think at the end of the day we are all flawed and we all need to practice forgiveness, compassion, mercy and grace. And I feel like when people come out of the house and see and hear what they’ve been doing around the house, if they learn something from it and let it humiliate them, let’s cheer each other up. Let’s edify one another. Let’s lift each other up to get better.
Us: The house guests go through sensitivity training. They get acquainted with microaggressions before they go into the house. Do you think there are more nuances that should be taught and explained, for example with colorism? Because it doesn’t seem like some people are aware of what they’re doing. How do we fight this?
JCM: That’s a great question. It’s one thing to be taught about it. Nobody goes through life thinking they’re being offensive. We all think that we are normal or that we are good people. And then you get in Big Brother House and many things will be thrown in your way. It’s exhausting to be there. It’s very hard. It’s challenging on all levels and you have no privacy. You can’t just rip and just decompress and you don’t have your support system. I think at the end of the day the hope is that you learn something from observing yourself. And I would say don’t pay too much attention to what’s being said on the internet. But reflect on yourself after you’ve been in the house and see, you know what I like, what I presented? Who do I want to be when I show up in the world? And pivot and adjust from it.
Us: We’ve definitely seen examples of racism and racially motivated comments before Big Brother A house. I know you’re not a producer, but at what point do you think the production should maybe step in? Is there anything that can be done to make sure she’s okay and safe and maybe not give some of the people causing this a platform?
JCM: You know, I think Taylor isn’t privy to a lot of things, the way people think about her. It is difficult. You can’t come in there and tell someone not to be themselves. You cannot interfere in the game. You can remind them that as a human being you need to be compassionate. This has nothing to do with the game because whatever you spend you can expect it to come back to you. You don’t want to tell people how to behave. You are there to watch this social experiment and watch human nature unfold. I don’t think the person [in this case] Taylor, who, a lot of people who become fans of hers and try to stand up for her, I don’t think she’s aware of what’s happening. If you asked them, do you know do you get abused by the other house guests? I’m not sure if she would agree with what is being said on the internet.
Us: I want to ask about Paloma. She started this “Girl’s Girls” alliance, but she left Taylor out and then kept saying bad things about her, which we saw a bit of on last night’s episode. is that a girl girl
JCM: That’s a good point. what is a girl girl I guess a girl is hopefully someone who advocates for another woman just because of gender right? Someone who will say, “Yes, I was there, I did that. I’m flawed.” Or: “I’ve never been there. I didn’t do that. I won’t judge but I will have an open heart for you and be compassionate just because being a girl is hard in a man’s world.” So that’s a very good point. You know, you can’t say “I support all women” on one side of your mouth and then badmouth someone on the other side.
Us: Is there anything else you can address before talking about the twist, the festival or what’s coming?
JCM: I would say stay tuned for the festival I can’t wait for which is the Zing Fest. Zing Bot needs its own festival. Just that we’ve got more twists and turns tonight, next week, so just stay tuned.