Mark Burnett, who’s never seen Big Brother, says CBS had no input into twist.

Mark Burnett, who’s never seen Big Brother, says CBS had no input into twist.
Defending the twist that will be fully realized on tonight’s episode of Survivor Pearl Islands, and that “has rankled some die-hards,”
USA TODAY reports, Mark Burnett says that the show couldn’t have taken a hint from its inadequate bastard sibling, Big Brother. He’s “never, ever seen an episode of Big Brother. I have no idea what they do,” the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports. Burnett also said that this wasn’t the network’s idea: “CBS has no say in this. Why would they have any say in what I do in the game?”

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