Julie Chen has seemingly seen it all in her 18 years as the host of Big Brother, but she has never done a post-eviction interview like the one she did with the show's most recently ousted houseguest, Rachel Swindler. The 29-year-old Las Vegas entertainer was blindsided when she was sent home by her own Level 6 alliance members after being assured by Head of Household Bayleigh Dayton that she was just a pawn up against the real target, Brett Robinson. When the votes didn't go as expected, Swindler stormed out of the CBS summertime house in a huff without saying goodbye to any of her housemates. And she didn't have much to say to Chen, who was waiting in the wings to interview her, either.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chen said her awkward interview with the "shell-shocked" ousted houseguest was a hosting first for her.
"She was literally speechless! She sat there in complete stunned silence for about a minute plus. As we took our live cameras back into the house, she and I just sat there in silence as the wheels were turning in her head trying to figure out what the heck happened! She was shaking like a leaf. It was like talking to someone who just had their mind erased. She had no idea what to think."