UK Big Brother starts without Culkin, Rivers, Smith

The fourth edition of the UK’s celebrity Big Brother started Thursday night with only one of the four American celebrities rumored to be participating.

Dennis Rodman is in the house, along with Baywatch’s Tracy Bingham, and a bunch of British people I don’t recognize (Faria Alam, Michael Barrymore, Pete Burns, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Jodie Marsh, Maggot, and Samuel Preston). According to the BBC, there’s also “a twist”: “an unknown, Chantelle, who must convince the others she is famous.”

Even though Macaulay Culkin, Joan Rivers, and Anna Nicole Smith were not selected to participate, we can only hope that the producers of The Surreal Life will one day cast them along with Dennis Rodman.

Galloway joins Big Brother house [BBC News]

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John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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