Big Brother is doing another Battle Back—and that means this season’s most polarizing player could be back just one week after he was evicted from the BB19 house. Minutes after Cody Nickson was eliminated from the Big Brother house on Thursday night, show host Julie Chen revealed that he will have the chance to battle for a spot back in the house. Cody will compete against ousted houseguests Cameron Heard, Jillian Parker, and next week’s evictee for a second chance to play the Big Brother game.
During his exit interview with Julie Chen, Cody revealed that his BB19 girlfriend, Jessica Graf, told him he’s the worst player in Big Brother history. Cody admitted he has no real social game, but superfans of the show noted that he was more likable during the few minutes he chatted with Chen than he was his entire time in the Big Brother house. It didn’t hurt that he asked Jessica to be his girlfriend on the way out the door, a move that had even the most reluctant shippers starting to like this season’s villain, if just for a minute.
Interestingly, in his final hours in the Big Brother house, Cody Nickson had a much more sympathetic edit. Cody was shown consoling Jessica after broke down after a bad week in which she wasn’t even allowed to a piece of birthday cake because she’s on slop.
Meanwhile, Big Brother alums defended CBS’ upcoming twist which could mean the return of Cody after he wreaked havoc and alienated everyone in the house except for his Big Brother showmance.
Big Brother guru Dan Gheesling explained that the CBS summertime reality show needs “interesting” players like Cody for entertainment value. Other show alums, including last season’s Battle Back champ, Victor Arroyo, also weighed in on the twist and Cody’s possible return, while Big Brother 8 runner-up Daniele Donato revealed what she will miss most about him.
Whether you like him or not - you need players like Cody in the game to make the show interesting & have an opposing side. #BB19— Dan Gheesling (@DanGheesling) July 14, 2017
In a perfect world, Cody wins the buyback, wins HoH, and evicts Paul. Sigh. A girl can dream. #BB19— Andy Herren (@AndyHerren) July 13, 2017
A week from tomorrow in a blowout battle back win, Cody comes back into the #BB19 house— EvelDick (@EvelDick) July 14, 2017
Cody will win the Battle Back comp. He will reenter the house, only if, he can beat Josh in a meatball eating contest #BB19— EvelDick (@EvelDick) July 14, 2017
Did someone say Battle Back? ????...no really I'm reading it on twitter and my CBS thing is acting up ????????— Victor Arroyo III (@elfitvic) July 14, 2017
Meanwhile, Big Brother fans had mixed feelings on Cody and the possibility of his return just one week after he was evicted. Some viewers saw a different side of the single dad during his pleasant exit interview with Julie, while others think the network will stack the odds in his favor so he can return to the house and cause more drama.
#bb19 please tell me why Cody has shown more personality in the past 5 minutes than this whole season combined— lex❃ (@commonx10) July 14, 2017
I love how Cody wasn't afraid to call out production's BS advantages for Paul, on live TV. You have to respect that kind of confidence #BB19— k a y l a (@bbgotmeshook) July 14, 2017
if you think production isn't rigging this battle back competition for cody you're insane #bb19— queen elena???? (@bb19tbh) July 14, 2017
Cody is gonna win the Battle Back, work with Paul for a bit, then take him out. It's exactly what Victor did to Paulie. #BB19— John Kubicek (@johnkubicek) July 14, 2017
Cody's monotone headahh made 1 bad game move, and now he deserves to come back for entertainment? He's literally boring AF on feeds. #BB19— Riley Freeman (@TrillaryBlinton) July 14, 2017
Julie's interview with Cody is so fun! ???? I hope he wins the battle back! ???? #BB19— JS (@nicejanice19) July 14, 2017
Of course, even if Cody Nickson wins the Battle Back into the house, his efforts could be stopped. When introducing the twist, Chen revealed that the remaining houseguests may be able to stop the winner of the Battle Back comp from coming into the house.
Take a look at the video below to see Cody Nickson’s Big Brother exit interview with Julie Chen.
Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on CBS.
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