Cassandra almost leaves the house.

Cassandra almost leaves the house.
Increasingly upset and irritated by Big Brother‘s force-fed activities for the house guests, Cassandra went into the red room and said she was leaving voluntarily because, “I don’t want to do it, I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to do things to hurt people in the house. The stuff that you guys are doing to us is worse than anything we’re doing to each other.” After an hour, Cassandra said she’d give it one more shot; the voice essentially talked her out of leaving. It didn’t take Cassandra long to talk to the others about what happened, and that solidified the house guests against the producers even more. Here’s hoping for a walk-out.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.