Fans of the enduring reality series Big Brother can rejoice this coming week when its first Celebrity Edition premieres February 7th.
The cast is about as C+ level as you would expect, but boasts names like UFC legend Chuck Liddell, American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, famed basketball player Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace, and Mark McGrath of the band Sugar Ray (who really does not enjoy being called ‘Sugar Gay’).
But perhaps the biggest name of the eleven contestant roster was that of Omarosa Manigault, President Trump’s former White House aide and three-time Apprentice contestant. While it was long rumored that a member of the Trump White House would join the cast (particularly Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci), Omarosa’s inclusion was seemingly last minute — explaining the odd number of contestants.
While the internet seemingly had endless fake lists that included the likes of Flavor of Love contestant Tiffany “New York” Pollard to MTV’s The Challenge‘s Johnny Bananas (neither of whom were contacted), the original list of ten contestants changed gradually as production inched closer to shooting.
Stars that had originally been in the casting mix and eventually were cut or had to drop out include forthcoming Celebrity Big Brother competition host and N-Sync member Lance Bass (who was forced to bow out due to a prior business engagement), American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman (whose NBC contract conflicted with participating on a rival network), Sharon Osbourne (due to scheduling conflicts) Academy Award nominee and previous Celebrity Big Brother UK champion Gary Busey (due to salary and health concerns), The Karate Kid‘s Ralph Macchio, YouTuber GloZell, and former Sirius XM shock jock Gregg “Opie” Hughes (who was cut).
Celebrity Big Brother premieres February 7th on CBS.