Update: CBS says Chima was removed from the competition for violating the rules.
Chima Simone apparently quit Big Brother 11 overnight, following her nomination for eviction by new HOH Michele. While she was calm and quiet after having her own HOH power stripped away on Thursday’s eviction episode, she didn’t take it well, freaking out in various ways.
Feed watchers report that the feeds went dark around 1:15 a.m. PT, sometime after Chima threw her wireless mic into the jacuzzi, which followed her giving the finger to the cameras and repeatedly blaming producers for her future eviction. The feeds stayed off for 90 minutes, and when they resumed, Chima was gone. Conversation among the houseguests afterwords indicated that she quit rather than being removed from the game; there was also mention of executive producer Allison Grodner being involved. The feeds apparently get cut every time the topic comes up. (Jokers Updates has a good summary, as always. There’s also alleged “insider” information on a Twitter account that supposedly details what happens when the feeds were off.)
With a double eviction scheduled for Thursday, it’s likely that will just become a regular eviction, although it’s unclear how the producers will handle an even-numbered jury (on the live feeds, Russell mentioned letting viewers cast the seventh vote, which the rules permit). Chima’s apparent voluntary exit is not the first in the history of the show (In season nine, Neil left the house, apparently voluntarily, although under entirely different circumstances, and of course, others have been removed.
Chima’s departure came after Chima called Russell a “terrorist”, which the producers’ editing dismissed as a comment about his behavior instead of his ethnicity. She followed that Thursday by referring to herself as “the twin towers,” as if she was the victim of Russell’s terrorism.