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Big Brother: Julie Chen Moonves FINALLY reveals the 16 All Star houseguests – Daily Mail

Julie Chen Moonves finally revealed the Big Brother All-Stars cast and shared new twists to the show during its live premiere Wednesday night.

The identity of the show’s 16 players had been ‘kept under wraps for weeks,’ said the 50-year-old host, who seemed giddy at the prospect of announcing their names.

‘We have winners,’ she affirmed. ‘We have legends. We have people who have never won this game, and we’ve got a few whose games ended far too soon.’

Revealed: Julie Chen Moonves finally revealed the Big Brother All-Stars cast and shared new twists to the show during its live premiere Wednesday night

Legends: ‘We have winners,’ she affirmed. ‘We have legends. We have people who have never won this game, and we’ve got a few whose games ended far too soon’

In groups of four, Julie introduced the former BB vets who would be competing on Season 22, among them fan favorites like Nicole Anthony, 25, Tyler Crispen, 25, and Keesha Smith, 42.

Also appearing were past victors such as Ian Terry, 29, and ‘villains’ like Bayleigh Dayton, 27.

The show’s houseguests would be trailed by 94 cameras and 113 microphones, as they played what Julie called ‘a game of skill, strategy and social manipulation.’

Tyler and Keesha: In groups of four, Julie introduced the former BB vets who would be competing on Season 22, among them fan favorites like Nicole Anthony, 25, Tyler Crispen, 25, and Keesha Smith, 42

Victors: Also appearing were past victors such as Ian Terry, 29, and ‘villains’ like Bayleigh Dayton, 27

The winner would be the one who escaped weekly evictions to earn a $500,000 prize.

Julie promised it would be a season like no other, offering innovative twists and turns.

‘You’ve all lived in the Big Brother house before, but none of you have ever lived in this Big Brother house,’ she told the houseguests. ‘Throughout the summer, new rooms will be revealed to you. And each room will twist up this game like never before.’

Twists and turns: Julie promised it would be a season like no other, offering innovative twists and turns

Summer home: ‘You’ve all lived in the Big Brother house before, but none of you have ever lived in this Big Brother house,’ she told the houseguests. ‘Throughout the summer, new rooms will be revealed to you. And each room will twist up this game like never before’

The BB22 premiere was filmed live for the first time, though no audience was in attendance.

It marked the show’s 20th anniversary, and was only the second time Big Brother producers had filmed an ‘all-star’ edition, for which fans had been clamoring.

But filming a show in which 16 people would essentially be locked in a house together presented special challenges during the coronavirus epidemic.

All stars: It marked the show’s 20th anniversary, and was only the second time Big Brother producers had filmed an ‘all-star’ edition, for which fans had been clamoring

In order to appear on the show, the houseguests had been individually quarantined for two weeks, and been tested ‘multiple times’ for the virus, as had Julie herself.

All had since been cleared to go forward, and though they sported masks when they first arrived at the home, they were allowed to take them off inside.

‘I’m just excited to see people!’ said Da’Vonne Rogers, 32, from Lancaster, California, who was one of the first to show up. ‘I haven’t seen people in a long time!’

Quarantined: In order to appear on the show, the houseguests had been individually quarantined for two weeks, and been tested ‘multiple times’ for the virus, as had Julie herself

People: ‘I’m just excited to see people!’ said Da’Vonne Rogers, 32, from Lancaster, California, who was one of the first to show up. ‘I haven’t seen people in a long time!’

Each guest was first introduced with an update on their lives since they’d last appeared on BB.

Six of them had become parents after the show ended, while seven of them had married—in three instances, to people they’d starred with on the show.

Social media influencer Nicole Franzel, 28, was engaged to her BB18 co-star Victor Arroyo III, 29, with whom she lived in Ubly, Michigan.

Update: Each guest was first introduced with an update on their lives since they’d last appeared on BB

Engaged: Social media influencer Nicole Franzel, 28, was engaged to her BB18 co-star Victor Arroyo III, 29, with whom she lived in Ubly, Michigan

Bayleigh, from Los Angeles, married fellow BB20 houseguest Christopher ‘Swaggy C’ Williams, 23, and became a model.

Daniele Donato, 33, married BB13 pal Dominic Briones, also 33, and was a stay-at-home mom in Orange County, California.

Even Tyler was dating his BB20 showmate Angela Rummans, 26, with whom he ran a jewelry company in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Married model: Bayleigh, from Los Angeles, married fellow BB20 houseguest Christopher ‘Swaggy C’ Williams, 23, and became a model

Dani: Daniele Donato, 33, married BB13 pal Dominic Briones, also 33, and was a stay-at-home mom in Orange County, California

Tyler and Angela: Even Tyler was dating his BB20 showmate Angela Rummans, 26, with whom he ran a jewelry company in Hilton Head, South Carolina

‘I always say we have more marriages than The Bachelor,’ Julie cracked, though three players quickly noted that they had gotten divorced.

The new cast dated back to BB7 with biotech exec Kaysar Ridha, 39, from Irvine, California, and BB10, with Fort Lauderdale restaurateur ‘Memphis’ Garrett, 37, and Malibu waitress Keesha.

For some, being on Big Brother had led to a dramatic change in career.

Cast: The new cast dated back to BB7 with biotech exec Kaysar Ridha, 39, from Irvine, California, and BB10, with Fort Lauderdale restaurateur ‘Memphis’ Garrett, 37, and Malibu waitress Keesha

Da’Vonne quit working as a poker dealer after BB17/18 and became an acting coach.

Nicole Anthony, 24, from Long Island, NY, finished third on BB21, and ditched her job as a preschool teacher to become a podcast host covering reality TV.

And Christmas Abbott, 35, from Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote a book, started online fitness coaching and launched a supplement business after leaving BB19.

Dealer to coach: Da’Vonne quit working as a poker dealer after BB17/18 and became an acting coach

Host: Nicole Anthony, 24, from Long Island, NY, finished third on BB21, and ditched her job as a preschool teacher to become a podcast host covering reality TV

Fitness: And Christmas Abbott, 35, from Raleigh, North Carolina, wrote a book, started online fitness coaching and launched a supplement business after leaving BB19

Many returning contestants boasted about their skill as players in the house.

Ian Terry, 29, a management consultant from Houston, Texas, won BB14, and said he expected to win again ‘just because I’m smart.’

Insurance adjuster Enzo Palumbo, 32, a father of two and BB12 vet from Bayonne, New Jersey, vowed to be ‘one of the greats that ever played this game.’

Smart Ian: Ian Terry, 29, a management consultant from Houston, Texas, won BB14, and said he expected to win again ‘just because I’m smart’

Father Enzo: Insurance adjuster Enzo Palumbo, 32, a father of two and BB12 vet from Bayonne, New Jersey, vowed to be ‘one of the greats that ever played this game.

There was also a glint in the eye of Janelle Pierzina, 40, a Minneapolis real-estate agent and mom who bragged about her victories on BB6, BB7 and BB14.

David Alexander, 30, a senior sales rep in Los Angeles, had gotten into meditation and deep breathing since BB21, and said he could tell when the competition was lying.

Kevin Campbell, 40, an ad agency executive from Chula Vista, California, came third on BB11, and hoped to win the show so he could use the money to adopt a child with his husband.

Janelle: There was also a glint in the eye of Janelle Pierzina, 40, a Minneapolis real-estate agent and mom who bragged about her victories on BB6, BB7 and BB14

Meditation: David Alexander, 30, a senior sales rep in Los Angeles, had gotten into meditation and deep breathing since BB21, and said he could tell when the competition was lying

Kevin liked to dress up in drag as ‘Miss Anita Veto,’ and said she might show up in-house.

Once they were inside the home, players got their first challenge—they had to find out which room held a specific item, then reveal their answer by sinking a ball in a giant plastic house.

Those who did it in four minutes became eligible for the Head of Household role, which would render them safe from eviction and allow them to put others on the chopping block.

Drag: Kevin liked to dress up in drag as ‘Miss Anita Veto,’ and said she might show up in-house

Challenge: Once they were inside the home, players got their first challenge—they had to find out which room held a specific item, then reveal their answer by sinking a ball in a giant plastic house

Head: Those who did it in four minutes became eligible for the Head of Household role, which would render them safe from eviction and allow them to put others on the chopping block

To secure the coveted position, they then competed at a game called ‘Star Steppin,’ which required them to race across shaky, raised star-covered steps and lock in the fastest time.

Cody Calafiore, 29, a real-estate agent and BB16 runner-up from Howell, New Jersey, easily won the game and scored the Head of Household job.

Among the other racers, Christmas received $5,000 cash, while Kevin, Ian, Nicole and Memphis got ‘have not’ cards, giving them the worst room, food and showers for a week.

Star Steppin: To secure the coveted position, they then competed at a game called ‘Star Steppin,’ which required them to race across shaky, raised star-covered steps and lock in the fastest time

Winner: Cody Calafiore, 29, a real-estate agent and BB16 runner-up from Howell, New Jersey, easily won the game and scored the Head of Household job

Winner and losers: Among the other racers, Christmas received $5,000 cash, while Kevin, Ian, Nicole and Memphis got ‘have not’ cards, giving them the worst room, food and showers for a week

‘No one ever said winning half a million dollars would be easy,’ Julie reminded them.

Cody had all the power, she added, but the first secret room, ‘The Safety Suite,’ would be unveiled on this Sunday’s show—and it would save two players from elimination.

Big Brother All-Stars will return Sunday on CBS.

Safety: Cody had all the power, she added, but the first secret room, ‘The Safety Suite,’ would be unveiled on this Sunday’s show—and it would save two players from elimination

Return: Big Brother All-Stars will return Sunday on CBS

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Botham and PM’s brother to join House of Lords – BBC News

Boris Johnson and Sir Ian Botham

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Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is to join the House of Lords, the government has confirmed.

The 64-year-old, a strong supporter of Brexit, is among 36 new peers, who also include former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.

Jo Johnson, the prime minister’s Remain-supporting younger brother, who quit as a minister last year in protest at government policy, will join them.

Ex-Labour MPs Frank Field, Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart become peers too.

And Philip May, husband of former Prime Minister Theresa May, gets a knighthood for “political service”.

Sir Ian, who played 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1992, is an advocate of field sports and a prominent Brexit supporter who was knighted in 2007, in recognition of his services to charity and cricket.

His most famous moment on the field came in 1981 when he inspired a sensational defeat of Australia. After retirement, he became a commentator and started his own wine label.

He will sit as a crossbench – independent – peer.

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Ruth Davidson stood down from frontline politics last year

Jo Johnson, who stood down as an MP at December’s general election, resigned from the government last September, saying he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”.

Mr Clarke and Mr Hammond were among 21 Conservative MPs who lost the party whip last autumn when they rebelled against Mr Johnson in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Ruth Davidson – who quit as Scottish Tory leader last August after eight years in the role, saying the idea of spending long periods away from her young son filled her with “dread” – also becomes a peer.

She will not take her seat in the House of Lords until after she stands down from the Scottish Parliament at next year’s election.

‘Massive U-turn’

The Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, criticised the decision to award 36 peerages, calling the list “a lost opportunity to reduce numbers”.

He said: “The result will be that the House will soon be nearly 830 strong – almost 200 greater than the House of Commons. That is a massive policy U-turn.”

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Evgeny Lebedev and Boris Johnson at the 2009 Evening Standard theatre awards

Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the London Evening Standard, becomes a peer, as does Charles Moore, former Daily Telegraph editor and biographer of ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds attended a party hosted at Annabel’s nightclub, west London, by Mr Lebedev shortly after the Conservatives’ election victory.

Other politicians who will enter the House of Lords include former Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, former Tory culture minister Ed Vaizey and Nigel Dodds, previously deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Of the Labour MPs honoured, Ms Hoey and Ms Stuart were prominent pro-Brexit campaigners during the 2016 EU referendum.

The prime minister’s chief strategic adviser, Sir Edward Lister, gets a peerage, but there is no honour for former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, despite retired holders of the office usually joining the Lords.

The government did not put Mr Bercow’s name forward, despite it being proposed by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Gisela Stuart was chairwoman of the Vote Leave campaign during the referendum

Lord Newby, Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, said: “By giving a large number of his cronies peerages, [Mr Johnson] has shown that the Tories have abandoned any pretence of reducing the size of the bloated House of Lords.”

For the SNP, MP Pete Wishart accused the prime minister of “handing out jobs for life in the unelected House of Lords to friends and those who have done him favours”.

“The prime minister’s idea of levelling up involves gifting his cronies, damaging policy facilitators, and family members with jobs as legislators for life – with no democratic mandate or accountability to people across the UK.

“It’s the worst kind of cronyism that only highlights the rotten Westminster system that is detached from reality.”

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‘Big Brother: All-Stars’ to premiere Aug. 5 with COVID-19 protocols – EW.com

CBS is staging its second ever All-Stars season of Big Brother, and the house is opening soon…with some changes.

Now it seems that at least some of those players will indeed get the chance to enter the fishbowl all over again, as CBS has announced the premiere date for season 22 of the summer guilty pleasure based all around quarantining inside a house, and the network has also officially revealed that it will indeed be a cast made up of former contestants. Big Brother: All-Stars will kick off Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. with a special “two-hour live move-in premiere event,” and then continue with its regular three-nights-a-week schedule on Sundays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 8 p.m.

While Big Brother has brought back many players before in many different ways in many different seasons, this will be only the second installment of all returnees. The first was way back in 2006 for season 7, in a season that was also called Big Brother: All-Stars. In that one, Mike “Boogie” Malin defeated Erika Linden to take home the $500,000 prize.

As for the cast set to do battle this time around, CBS says that “the All-Star houseguests, including winners, finalists, legends, memorable personalities and some of the best to never win the game, will be announced closer to premiere.” However, TMZ reports that among the contestants already quarantining before they can be medically cleared to enter the house are season 18 winner Nicole Franzel, season 19 winner Josh Martinez, season 8 runner-up Daniele Donato, and season 18’s Paulie Calafiore — as well Janelle Pierzina, Ian Terry, Hayden Moss, Tyler Crispen, and Bayleigh Drayton from EW’s dream cast list.

While Big Brother traditionally begins airing much earlier in the summer — season 21 premiered June 19 — the later start date due to COVID-19 could actually be a programming blessing in disguise. With the fall TV schedule one huge question mark because of the coronavirus pandemic — and shows like Survivor already taken off of the fall schedule — CBS can conceivably run Big Brother deeper into autumn past its usual mid-to-late-September finale date to help fill any scheduling holes it may encounter due to other shows not being able to start production on time.

While the Big Brother: All-Stars players should be relatively safe once they enter the house since there is no in-person contact between the cast and crew, CBS revealed some of their safety precautions in a press release, noting that “The Big Brother production will follow specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19 with the welfare of everyone involved as the highest priority. Houseguests will undergo a quarantine period prior to production and will be tested several times prior to entering the House. Once inside, they will be tested weekly during the season and have no contact with any crew members, and all supplies delivered will be disinfected. In addition, the live show will not have a studio audience.”

It is also possible that certain elements of the show — like the traditional Battle Back Competition, in which eliminated players who have already been evicted from the house compete to get back in it — could be complicated due to people leaving and reentering the bubble.

As for how the program will handle the production side of the show, CBS said in the statement that “All staff and crew members will be tested prior to commencing work on a regular basis, as well as screened daily for symptoms. They’ll be required to wear PPE and will work in pods to enhance social distancing. In addition, a COVID-19 compliance officer will be on staff to monitor and enforce all health and safety COVID-19 protocols.”

Sadly, no word yet if the backyard pool will be drained and filled with Purell. Probably not a bad idea even in non-COVID seasons.

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One brother was found hanging last week. On Wednesday, another was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies. – Washington Post

The half brother of Robert Fuller, a young black man found hanging from a tree near a Southern California city hall, was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in a shootout Wednesday, officials say.

According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Terron Jammal Boone matched the description of a suspect in a kidnapping and domestic assault. Department detectives followed Boone in an attempt to make a traffic stop once they identified him, the statement said.

When the vehicle stopped, Boone opened the front passenger door and fired multiple shots at officers with a handgun, according to the department.

An officer on the scene responded by shooting Boone several times in the upper torso, killing him, officials say.

Authorities said a female driver and a 7-year-old girl were also in the vehicle. The unidentified driver was struck by gunfire and later released from the hospital, and the girl was unharmed, according to the department.

Boone had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, domestic violence and criminal threats in Los Angeles County Superior Court the day before his death, the Associated Press reported.

Boone’s relationship to the woman and the girl were not clarified by the sheriff’s department, but the woman was not the accuser in the spousal assault matter, according to the AP.

A handgun was found on the scene and no deputies were harmed in the gunshot exchange, the sheriff’s department said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said in an early-morning statement that it was waiting on coroner and family identification, but an attorney for the family told CNN that the family knows it was Boone who died.

“This afternoon I had to notify the sisters of Robert Fuller that their half brother Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Kern County,” Jamon Hicks told the outlet in a statement.

Hicks did not immediately return a request for comment from The Washington Post, but he told CNN that the family and his legal team would not provide additional comment on the incident until they receive all the information about it.

“The family respectfully asks that their privacy be respected,” Hicks told CNN.

The news of Boone’s death comes a little more than a week after his half brother’s body was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Calif.

Authorities initially ruled Fuller’s death a suicide, but that conclusion was rejected by his family members, who assert that he was not suicidal, a point his sister, Diamond Alexander, emphasized at a Saturday rally in front of Palmdale City Hall calling for answers.

“We want to find out the truth of what really happened. Everything that they’ve been telling us has not been right,” she told the crowd, according to the Los Angeles Times. “My brother was not suicidal. My brother was a survivor.”

State and federal officials will now oversee an investigation of Fuller’s death, as well as the death of 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch, a homeless black man who was found hanging from a tree in Victorville, Calif., late last month, according to the AP.

Sheriffs in both areas said they are committed to investigating the deaths, despite asserting no evidence of foul play, the AP reported.

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