Big Brother fans are reacting to a leaked cast list that was posted by TV Guide hours after CBS announced that the official roster of players won’t be revealed until the show’s live premiere on August 5.
In a shocking – and confusing – apparent faux pas by the entertainment magazine, a link about Big Brother that included a list of 30 past players was posted. While the heading for the page refers to the Big Brother: All Stars Season 7 cast from 2006 and includes the 14 names of those veterans, there are 16 more familiar faces added to the list, including contestants from last summer’s edition of the CBS reality competition.
The names leaked on the casting spoiler include Kevin Campbell, Janelle Pierzina, Kaysar Ridha, David Alexander, Josh Martinez, Daniele Donato, Danielle Reyes, Keesha Smith, Enzo Palumbo, Ian Terry, Amber Borzotra, Cody Calafiore, Nicole Franzel, Da’Vonne Rogers, Christmas Abbott, Bayleigh Dayton, Kaycee Clark, Tyler Crispen, Nicole Anthony, and Memphis Garrett.
Three of these veterans- Janelle, Kaysar, and Danielle — were also part of the first Big Brother: All-Stars in 2006. The list also includes most of the other members of the inaugural all-star cast: Alison Irwin, Howie Gordon, James Rhine, Will Kirby, Erika Landin, Marcellas Reynolds, Mike “Boogie” Malin, Diane Henry, Jase Wirey, and Jennifer “Nakomis” Dedmond. These appear to be from the original post in 2006.
No photos are included in the updated casting post, just the names and incorrect information about the year they were on Big Brother. All have “2006” and “23 episodes” next to them, which was the year and length of the first all-stars season.
In addition to the potential cast lineup, photos of Big Brother host Julie Chen and superfan Neil Patrick Harrison are featured on the page. Diehard fans may recall that Harris made a cameo on the original Big Brother: All-Stars as part of the “Christmas in August” luxury competition prize, so that is likely a remnant of the vintage post.
As for the posting of the more recent players, it could be either a leaked official cast list that was inadvertently posted by the outlet or a “landing page” for when the cast is officially revealed next week. Almost all the people on this list have been included in past spoilers for this season so it is possible that TV Guide is trying to get a jump start on an update.
In comments to the Big Brother Twitter announcement which tells viewers to “expect the unexpected” with the first-ever live move-in and BB22 houseguest reveal, one fan replied, “It’s ok TV Guide did it for us.”