CBS has confirmed that Big Brother 11 contestant Chima Simone, the freelance journalist from West Hollywood, was booted off the show Saturday. Simone’s surprise departure capped off a particularly volatile 24 hours in the Big Brother house. On Thursday, Simone’s powers as the head of household were overruled when fellow houseguest Jeff exercised the coup d’etat, a special power that allows him to withdraw Simone’s nominations for eviction and put up two of his own instead. He nominated Jessie and Natalie; the bodybuilder was subsequently evicted on a 3-2 vote.
Simone, together with fellow houseguests Natalie and Lydia, bemoaned Jessie’s departure by villifying Jeff and his apparent alliance with Russell; at one point she called the latter martial arts fighter a “terrorist.” Multiple fansites tried to stay on top of Simone’s antics on Friday, including some that reported she threw her microphone into the pool and refused to put it back on. An official statement from CBS seems to confirm that Simone failed to comply with BB mandates: “Chima has been evicted by the producers from the Big Brother house for violating the rules. She will not be part of the show’s jury. Her eviction will be addressed on an upcoming broadcast of the show.”
However, in an interview with Examiner.com, Simone disputes CBS’ version of the events. ”As crazy as that house is, the producers NEVER want the world to think or know that we houseguests DO LEAVE when it becomes futile to stay,” she says in the interview. “I lost faith in the show and my ability to remain committed to this game. All of the remaining housemates know I wanted to leave and that is why any conversation concerning me is cut in the live feed because they don’t want America to hear the truth about my voluntary departure.”
Houseguests have come and gone from the house over the last 10 seasons (welcome back, BB 9′s James! We hardly knew ye, BB 9′s Neil!). But it is rare for the producers to carry out their own evictions because of bad behavior. The first time it occurred was in season two, when an inebriated Justin Sebik was booted after he held a knife to a fellow HG’s throat.
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