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'Big Brother': Derrick, Cody, and Victoria talk about Cody's big blunder

The longest season ever of Big Brother finally came to close last night as Derrick Levasseur was crowned the champion of Big Brother 16, beating his best buddy Cody by a vote of 7-2 in the finals. Derrick’s victory was cemented after Cody won the final Head of Household competition and then made the inexplicable decision to evict Victoria (whom he easily would have beaten in the finals) instead of Derrick (whom he stood no chance against). It was a $450,000 mistake for Cody. We spoke to the final three of Derrick, Cody, and Victoria this morning on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and you can now hear the entire thing right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Does Cody regret his decision? Would Derrick similarly not have brought Victoria to the end as he claimed while working the jury last night? And was Victoria hurt by Derrick’s answer? We get to the bottom of all that and more…like, say, the fact tat Victoria claims she would have “100%” won had Cody taken her to the end. Don’t believe us? Just click on the audio player icon below to listen in. Again, to repeat: VICTORIA SAYS SHE WOULD HAVE WON BIG BROTHER! READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst breaks down the premiere episode of 'San Juan del Sur'

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’ This week also features an added bonus: an exclusive video of Jeff Probst just minutes after the first Tribal Council giving his take on what went down.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, here we go again Jeff, and let’s start off this season’s Q&A series with the start of the first episode. Obviously you are looking for some emotion at the beginning there as you force two loved ones to face-off, and you got all of it and then some. Talk about the switch from Jeremy talking trash to his wife to then breaking down after he realizes he has just sent her to Exile Island and may have compromised her position in the game.
JEFF PROBST: The Jeremy-Val situation is a perfect example of how the addition of “blood” complicates Survivor. The opening hero challenge dictates that your success can only come at the expense of your loved one. So what do you do? You want to show your value to your tribe but you can only do it by sending your loved one to Exile Island. That moment of truth is always so much more difficult than the players ever think it will be. You could see it play out with Jeremy. His adrenaline pushed him to success in the challenge and then as he was standing there next to me, the consequence of that action came to the surface as he realized what it meant for his wife.  READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' premiere: And the first eliminated contestant is...

Season 29 of Survivor kicked off this evening, and due to the last minute cancellation of the Redemption Island twist, we already have our first eliminated contestant. Who was it? And what else transpired in the 90-minute supersized premiere? My full recap will be up later [UPDATE: Dalton's recap is now live], but to find out and sound off on what happened, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s season premiere of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names the players he's not sure can cut it this season

Every season Survivor host Jess Probst tells us at the start of filming which players he thinks are the ones to keep an eye on. But then there’s the flip side, as we also force Probst to also come clean on which players he’s just not sure have what it takes to play this game. Now it’s time to see whom Probst is ready to throw under the bus for Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water, which kicks off tonight at 8pm on CBS. READ FULL STORY

Julie Chen says not to count on another 'Big Brother: All-Stars' any time soon

Season 16 of Big Brother concludes tonight at 9:30pm on CBS when either Derrick, Cody, or Victoria…okay, make that either Derrick or Cody, will be crowned champion. And according to host Julie Chen, even Cody is a long shot at this point. Can Derrick complete one of the most dominant performances this game has ever seen? We talked with Chen about Derrick’s place in Big Brother history and whether anyone can stop him. But we didn’t stop there. In a very candid chat, Chen also frankly discussed how the houseguests view Victoria, how she feels about not having any of the racist and homophobic nonsense that plagued last season’s edition, and why she does not think another All-Stars edition is a good idea right now. Read on for pure, unfiltered Chenbot!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I asked you last week if there was any chance that Derrick and Cody would actually bring each other to the finals when they have Victoria there, who both of them would easily beat in the finals, and you said something really interesting. You said that you actually think that they both would and will bring each other if given the opportunity.
JULIE CHEN: No question. And that’s because if you look at Cody, he’s just a kid, and he looks up to Derrick like his big bro. And it’s not in Cody’s nature in my opinion to stab his mentor in his back — on anybody. It’s hard. He’s not a bad kid, so Cody will take Derrick to the end if he is the one who has to make the choice, knowing he will kiss a half million dollars goodbye. It’s not in his nature to be a backstabber. In terms of Derrick, he could take just about anybody and he’s taking home that check for a half million dollars. And I think he knows it. I mean, maybe Cody gets one vote to win over Derrick if it’s those two men in the finals. Maybe he gets Christine’s vote, but I don’t think so. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names his favorites for this season

He’s already defended the casting of controversial baseball player John Rocker. And he told us why the show imported Amazing Race duo Nadiya and Natalie. Now,  host Jeff Probst names his favorites going into Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Of course, whether these people will be his favorites when all is said and done is anyone’s guess. Several people that Probst thought in the past would be stars on the show turned out to be total duds. Conversely, often people that didn’t really impress him all that much in casting ended up popping big time once cameras started rolling. So it’s an inexact science to be sure. READ FULL STORY

How to Dance like a Star, according to Len Goodman

After 40 years of teaching dance, Len Goodman has lost a little bit of patience — especially considering the Dancing with the Stars judge has been going back and forth between the U.S. and U.K. for the original British version of the show. But the jetlag didn’t stop Goodman from spending one afternoon in Hollywood teaching a small group of reporters how to move like a star.

Last week, I, along with a few other unsuspecting journalists were given a salsa lesson with the help of some of the show’s professional dancers, including Keo Motsepe, who has a little more time on his hands after being eliminated last week with partner Lolo Jones, and Anna Trebunskaya, looking gorgeous as ever only eight months after giving birth to her daughter. Knowing that, like the show’s competitors, a sparkly numbered paddle would be the ultimate judge, we got our game faces on and dance shoes tied up. (Well, not all of us.)

Take note future “stars”: Use the following as an example of what to do (and sometimes what not to do) in order to get “a 10 from Len!” READ FULL STORY

Jeff Probst shows off the 'Survivor' challenge you may never see

When Survivor announced it was returning to Nicaragua for filming of seasons 29 and 30 of the longtime reality hit, many fans were concerned that they would once again not be seeing many water challenges. That was a problem the last two seasons filmed there: Nicaragua and Redemption Island. Jeff Probst was concerned as well, and he told EW back in May that a plan was in place to remedy that situation: “That was the mandate from the moment we decided on Nicaragua,” said Probst of getting the contestants back in the water for challenges. “The one thing I kept asking our scouting crew for was updates on how the water situation was looking, and between our art department and our challenge department, they’ve got it under control. We’re going to have a lot more water challenges and be in the water more —and really that’s the only concern we had about Nicaragua, is that it was a little dry last time.” READ FULL STORY

Caleb (a.k.a. Beast Mode Cowboy) of 'Big Brother' on being betrayed by Derrick

Beast Mode Cowboy will have to take his act to the jury house as 26-year-old Caleb Reynolds was voted out of Big Brother last night. He was ultimately done in by his alliance partners Cody and Derrick, who got rid of Caleb to keep the much more beatable Victoria in the final three. We were able to ask Caleb a few questions en route to his new digs and here’s what he had to say about his ouster, whom he blames, and how he would have done had he made the finals.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How shocked were you when Cody voted you out?
CALEB: Honestly, I wasn’t too shocked. I expected it because Victoria was a weaker target and to guarantee himself as a final two he would have been dumb to pick me.

You talked about how important loyalty is to you. Do you feel betrayed?
Yeah, more so by Derrick than by anybody.   READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother' host Julie Chen on 'shocked, embarrassed, confused' Caleb

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Well, a very different exit this time around as opposed to the one the night before with Frankie. What did you sense with Caleb when he walked out —  just utter shock?
I think he was shocked and embarrassed and confused. But I think the thunderous applause took over and he was enjoying the attention. Good for him. I am sure he was hurt and felt played.  READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother' host Julie Chen on Frankie's exit and Derrick's biggest competition

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You called Frankie’s reaction after being voted out, “the happiest eviction I’ve ever seen.” Did all that enthusiasm and flying glitter take you back a bit?
Not at all. I expected no less from a showman like Frankie. He was consistent this summer — always interesting to watch. This guy was born to be in front of an audience. READ FULL STORY

Controversial 'Survivor' player John Rocker on what he'll do if recognized

It always happens. Whenever someone even semi-famous comes on Survivor and hopes to fly under the radar, they are recognized. Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel almost made it all the way through Survivor: Philippines, until Jonathan Penner forced her to reveal her secret at the final Tribal Council. Even Gary Hogeboom, who was mostly a backup quarterback in his NFL career, was recognized when he played in Survivor: Guatemala. All it takes is one person to connect the dots and your game could be through.

So will it happen to former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker when Survivor: San Juan del Sur commences on Sept. 24? I asked the outspoken and controversial athlete about that when I spoke with him and his girlfriend Julie McGee out in Nicaragua the day before filming began and you can see his response in the video player below. READ FULL STORY

Frankie of 'Big Brother' says he does not regret pushing the Rewind button and wants to marry Zach

It’s a good thing VHS tapes are pretty much extinct because Frankie Grande may never want to Be Kind — Rewind ever again. The professional “YouTube personality” (and brother of current pop princess Ariana Grande) was running the Big Brother house last week as Head of Household yet could not stop himself form pressing the mysterious button that showed up in the house. Once pressed, the BB Rewind button meant that the entire week in the house would be replayed, and Frankie went from HOH to being evicted by his fellow houseguests and alliance partners. How does Frankie feel about their betrayal? Does he regret pushing that infernal button? And what can we expect form his reunion with the other half of Zankie? We were able to slip some questions to Frankie on his way to the jury house, and here’s what he had to say.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You kind of led the charge to hitting the Rewind button that wiped out your entire week as HOH. Now that you’ve experienced the results and were sent packing, do you regret it?
FRANKIE GRANDE: I don’t regret pushing the button because as a Big Brother super fan, there was no option — the button was going to be pushed. I’m happy I led the charge too. The only thing I regret is not winning the HOH again. READ FULL STORY

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