Big Brother 16 Post Finale Media Roundup (The Talk and More)


It was no shock when Derrick Levasseur took the Big Brother crown this week. He had dominated the game nearly the entire season! On Thursday, the house guests, finally free from quarantine, made the rounds of media outlets.

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Here’s an interview Derrick and Frankie Grande sat for Big Brother host Julie Chen and the ladies of The Talk. Frankie addresses the controversial remarks he made about women “choosing to become lesbians” later in life in a discussion that took place on the late night feeds. Hm. He’s backpedalling on what he actually said, with a well rehearsed speech.

Derrick talks about why he didn’t tell his fellow competitors that he was actually a cop. Because nobody in the house really liked cops much. He plans to eventually go back to his job as a police sergeant in Rhode Island when it’s all over. But I suspect he’ll get offers for other reality shows. At the very least, Derrick will get offers to do commentary when Big Brother comes back next summer (its been renewed for 2 years.) After all, Derrick is destined to go down as one of the greatest Big Brother players in the show’s history.

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Here’s Derrick’s exit interview on the official CBS channel, conducted by Jeff Schroeder.

Two days before he entered the house, Derrick almost dropped out because his daughter was having surgery. His wife convinced him to go anyway. Derrick thought strategy 24/7. There wasn’t a decision that he made that didn’t benefit his game in some way. He talks a lot about his fellow hitman, and runner-up, Cody Calafiore. He also elaborates on his relationship with 3rd place finisher, Victoria Rafaeli.

Media interviews:

Derrick tells Zap2it that if the timing was right, he’d be willing to come back for a Big Brother all star edition.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Derrick reveals that if either of the hitmen had brought Victoria to the final two thinking it was an easy win, the jury members made it clear they would have given her the money. Cody and Derrick also pledged that if either reneged on the agreement they made, they wouldn’t vote for each other.

Runner up, Cody Calafiore, tells Zap2it that he doesn’t regret taking Derrick to the final 2. The Team America reveal was a hard pill for Cody to swallow, especially when he learned the amount of money Derrick would be taking home. Also, realizing that the jury looked upon him as Derrick’s pawn was difficult. At that point, he figured he wasn’t going to win. He also discusses his “flirtmance” with Christine. Cody believes that they never crossed the line. He would feel bad if their relationship would have an effect on Christine’s relationship with her husband.

Cody tells Zap2it that he spoke with Christine’s husband after the finale, and he seemed fine. But Christine would not even look his way.

Donny Thompson spills details about his The Bold and the Beautiful role to TV Guide. Man. He REALLY does not like Derrick.

Frankie Grande blah blah blah my sister Ariana blah blah blah blah. in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. I wonder if he realizes yet how much he was disliked by Big Brother fans.

Buzzfeed posted a huge mega interview with all of the contestants, conducted in the backyard media round right after the finale. Victoria believes she could have beaten both Derrick and Cody if she had been sitting next to them. Zach claims that his “showmance” with Frankie was all strategy. Frankie, on the other hand, claims Zach returned a few of his “love bites.” TMI. Hayden and Nicole are actually and truly a couple. They are making plans to maybe move to Chicago together. Amber believes that Caleb’s obsession with her totally ruined her game. She tried to let him down nicely, but in the Big Brother house, there was nowhere to go. Caleb, unbelievably, still believes he has a chance with her. Gah. I hated the way the show just glossed over that whole deal. Caleb literally stalked and harassed Amber. It was gross. Caleb also addressed the hateful stuff he wrote on instagram that came to light before the show premiered. He claims to not remember writing it and points to his behavior in the house, which he believes proves he’s neither racist or homophobic. Frankie explained away the disgusting the rape jokes he made about Victoria as strategy, and an attempt to be “one of the boys” in the house. Ugh. No excuse. I’m sorry.

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  1. The continued promotion of the Grandes by CBS and especially FJ really makes me angry. I can’t stand anything about this jerk.

    I didn’t get the impression that Donny ‘really DISLIKES Derrick’ from that interview or in any of his other interviews. Derrick has been claiming that Donny is ‘bitter and jealous’ of him because he didn’t vote for him. Derrick push the boring ‘Unanimous’ votes all season. He doesn’t acknowledge that he never talked game or even personal with Donny despite being on TA together. He doesn’t acknowledge that Donny had promised Cody his vote if he were final 2 on numerous occasions and that there was honor in how Donny voted in the end.

    Derrick seems like a sore loser to me.

  2. He claims that Donny is “bitter & jealous” & that’s why he didn’t receive his vote. As you said, Donny promised Cody his vote if he was in the Top 2. He honored that promise.

    It’s possible Derrick didn’t know about Donny’s promise to Cody. It’s also possible he’s a sore loser. He & Frankie did say if the final 2 was Cody & Victoria that Derrick would give his vote to Victoria. I wouldn’t be surprised if both are true (sore loser & doesn’t know promise to Cody).

  3. Hm… I think Donny was pretty angry with Team America for evicting him rather than honoring the commitment they made to each other. In one of those interviews, Donny disdainfully referred to Derrick as a liar. I don’t think he really admired his game.

    So, yeah. I don’t think he liked him very much.

  4. I don’t think he has fake fans. He does have a fanbase, and it did grow, maybe in part because of his sister, but there are some that do like him from the show. I think he is very polarizing, though.

  5. From what Derrick said, and what I saw on the feeds, he heard Donny was trying to get him out, that’s why he wanted him out when he did. I think it was Cody that told him this.

  6. Cody did tell Derrick that after Donny told him. But that was long after Derrick had targeted Donny. He was going after him before TA and a few weeks in Derrick went to DR to ask if TA would continue if one of them went home. Then he went back to trying to get him out.

    Donny was right to not trust him, and Derrick WAS a liar with extreme double-standards.

  7. He has ‘purchased’ fans which is obvious from the audits of his twitter account. Of course he has some real followers too; everyone does.

  8. His Twitter audit numbers are actually pretty good, 89% real followers.

  9. How would he purchase fans when he has had no contact with the outside world for 3 months until 2 days ago. I think the followers are mainly real, he had alot before going on the show, actually does have some fans of his, and his sister has been tweeting as him.

  10. Glad someone asked Derrick about the mystery photo from his HOH basket that he quickly returned to the diary room before anyone in the house was able to see it.

    BBN: Tell us about Photogate where you sent back your HoH photo from home. There was a lot of speculation on what was going on there and who was in the photo.

    Derrick: I’m glad you brought that up. I want to discuss it. Very simple. It was actually a picture of my father, his wife, and my daughter. It was a little grainy and I didn’t know what they were trying to do here. Because we were on the Double Evict I put it in the DR and asked if I could get another one. They never got it back to me.

    There were rumors that I was upset about the picture, but the letter was from my father as well and I read that out loud to all the Feedsters. It wasn’t something I was offended by. It was my daughter and my father and his wife. I had no problem with it. I asked if I could get a different one and just never got another photo.

  11. Donny said himself that before he got evicted he tried to tell anyone who would listen to not trust Derrick and he was running the house and it all fell on deaf ears. Derrick 500k richer for it.

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