The Big Brother: Over the Top houseguests are about to learn the results of the presidential election in the house.
The houseguests on Big Brother: Over the Top are in a unique situation in that they still have no idea about the past few months of the general election or who won Tuesday night. However, they will find out live in the house that Donald Trump won the election, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner noted that this is the first time they are revealing such huge news since Big Brother 2 in 2001, where the houseguests learned about 9/11.
"Information about outside news events has come into the house in the past through a competition or a live Q&A with Julie [Chen]," Grodner noted. "But most of this information has involved pop culture events like Kim and Kanye's baby name. Other than 9/11, we have not given the houseguests world news with as much magnitude as the presidential election."
The opportunity to reveal the presidential election results has never arisen before, considering almost every past season has aired during the summer and lasted until September.
So why are producers choosing to tell the houseguests about the election when it doesn't have much impact on the game itself? Grodner and company simply want to keep them up to date, while also providing what could be a fascinating TV moment.
"With an election that has been so all-consuming, we knew that breaking the information barrier for this news would be of great interest to both the houseguests and the viewers," she said. "Still, the day after the election, our houseguests will be the only people in America who have no idea who their president is. They will find out two days after the nation has voted, so it will be interesting to see their reaction to the first big news item they have heard in two months."
The Big Brother: Over the Top houseguests will be informed of the presidential election results on Thursday. Watch on CBS All Access.