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'Big Brother' Contestant

I Was Canned

Now I'm Cleaning Cans

11/17/2014 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Big Brother Donny Thompson Janitor"Big Brother" contestant Donny Thompson just learned a hard but basic lesson ... when you don't show up to work, you get fired.

Donny -- who's been the groundskeeper for Cabarrus County School District in NC for 6 1/2 years -- took a 2-month vacation when he was cast ... but he did so well on the show he stayed past that.

Donny returned home to no job ... he was fired. But his position had not been filled, so he reapplied ... assuming he'd have a lock on the job.

Another guy got the job, but Donny wasn't left totally out in the cold. He eventually got rehired -- but as a part-time janitor.

Talk about getting backdoored.

'Big Brother' Contestant

Slut Shaming Is Ruining My Life

CBS Sends Backup

10/4/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big Brother Christine Brecht HatersSlut, skank, whore ... "Big Brother" contestant Christine Brecht's been labeled all of the above and worse since last week's finale -- and the wave of hate is so brutal, she now needs semi-professional help to cope.

Even though she's married, Brecht carried on a very affectionate relationship with fellow house guest Cody -- and she's paid the price on social media. One 'BB' fan wrote, "Christine is a motherf*****g trash ass thot bitch motherf****r whore cheater scum." And that's the abridged version.

Brecht tells TMZ it got bad enough that CBS set her up with ex 'BB' star Shelly Moore ... who's now giving Christine advice on how to re-enter the real world. She says Shelly's Rule #1 is ... stay off social media and keep your life private.

Brecht's hoping comments like, "Karma is a bitch you cheater!" will start to die down.

As for whether she cheated with Cody -- Brecht would only say, "My husband and I, we're golden."


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Evel Dick

I Got HIV From A Stripper ... I Think

10/2/2014 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Evel Dick" Donato says a romp with a Vegas stripper is why he's HIV positive ... so he thinks.

Dick tells TMZ ... he had unprotected sex with the stripper -- who he says got her period during intercourse. Dick says, "When I woke up, she was gone and I looked like I had murdered someone."

Donato was diagnosed in 2011 ... from blood tests administered on "Big Brother."  Donato says he left the show and broke the news to his mother and his girlfriend ... calling it the "hardest conversation I have ever had to have."

Dick says his GF -- who tested negative -- was amazing ... assuring him they would get through it. She stuck by him for the next two years, until they split in 2013. They're appearing on "Couples Therapy" to see if they can re-ignite their relationship.

As for the whole unprotected sex thing ... Dick says he already had a vasectomy so as far as he was concerned he had eliminated the only known risk.  Clearly he didn't know ... unprotected sex is risky.

'Big Brother' Star

I Wish Evel Dick Stayed In Game

... After HIV Diagnosis

10/1/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of "Evel Dick" Donato's former "Big Brother" housemates tells TMZ ... she wishes Dick would have STAYED in the BB house after learning he was HIV positive -- but Dick says he didn't have a choice.  

Donato -- who won BB in 2007 and then rejoined the cast in 2011 -- left the show very early into Season 13 when he was informed by producers that blood tests showed he had HIV. 

We spoke with Rachel Reilly -- who was competing in the house at the time -- who tells us she wishes Donato would have stayed in the game. 

"If he had a meeting with everyone it would have been a way to give the disease a voice," Reilly said ... "It's reality TV."

She adds, "I think it's cool he is talking about it 3 years later and I hope this changes people's lives. I think it's brave of him."

We also spoke with Evel Dick on "TMZ Live" moments ago ... who told us he didn't get a choice to stay in the game -- producers told him he had to leave. 

But he also says he wasn't ready to go public with the information anyway ... "This was the most shocking news I've ever been told. I needed time to digest."

Donato says it's already destroyed him in one way -- financially.

For their part, a rep for CBS tells TMZ Dick was not forced to leave the show, but rather made the decision on his own.

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Frankie Grande

Is My Sister a Diva?

Gee, Let Me Think ...

9/26/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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092614_frankie_grande_launchAriana Grande's brother is pretty sure she's not the horrible diva everyone's accusing her of being ... just give him a little while to remember.

Frankie Grande was out at Eleven Bar & Nightclub to celebrate the "Big Brother" finale when we hit him up for the scoop on his super popular sister ... who is being called out left and right lately for her allegedly being very difficult.

You'd think Frankie would've shot down that question immediately when it was posed to him -- but watch the video. What's with the delay tactics and pregnant pauses, bro?

Drama ... it's in the genes.

'Big Brother 16'

Frankie Grande Offends Contestant's Family

With 'Rape Joke'

8/31/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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083114_frankie_grande_launch_v2The family of "Big Brother 16" houseguest Victoria Rafaeli is fuming mad over a joke Frankie Grande made about 2 guys teaming up to take Victoria's virginity ... and they want apologies from him AND his sister Ariana.

During the livestream on Saturday, Grande told two male houseguests they should "double team" Victoria and "take all her virginities." He then made a bunch of extremely sexual gestures. Just watch the video. 

Victoria's mother, Lizabeth, tells TMZ she definitely took Frankie's comments to be a "rape joke" and feels her daughter is now a "target for rape" because producers did nothing to stop Frankie's rant.

Lizabeth wants an apology from Frankie's parents and Ariana Grande... and she wants Frankie to apologize to her daughter.

She tells TMZ, “I want Frankie to imagine people saying this stuff about his sister and see if he thinks it's funny.”

'Big Brother' Voting

One Thing CBS Didn't Count On

... A Lawsuit

8/18/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The biggest backstabbing villain at "Big Brother" isn't Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie -- or any of the other contestants -- it's the CBS honchos who run the voting ... according to a new lawsuit.

A guy named Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and says he holds the patents to that system. He claims CBS jacked his invention and uses it each week on BB.

On the show, viewers vote in various ways -- by telephone, online, with a phone app or text messaging. The votes don't determine who stays or goes ... it's for things like who should win bonus prizes or who should get special perks in the house.

Lyda says his system for text voting is a big part of the show ... he wants a court to decide how much of BB's millions he's entitled to get ... then again, he could get nothing.

We called CBS for comment ... so far no word back.

Ariana Grande's Brother

Reveals My Sister's Famous

And So Am I

8/10/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ariana Grande's brother revealed who he REALLY IS to his "Big Brother" castmates ... in the most bizarre and Grande-ose way possible.

Frankie Grande made the confession on the live feed -- that he's not only Ariana Grande's bro but also a BIG STAR in his own right and head ... and it wasn't received well.

His delivery makes him incredibly unlikeable ... but it's all part of a play to stay in the house and win $500K.

You gotta watch the video ... he's so famous it hurts ... or so he says.

'Big Brother Israel'

The Show Continues ...

With Bomb Shelters

7/30/2014 7:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0730-big-brother-israel"Big Brother Israel" house guests have MUCH more to worry about than eviction -- producers have them running into a bomb shelter when the violence between Israel and Palestine gets particularly dangerous. 

The show has not stopped production since fighting escalated earlier this month, and has actually installed alarms in the house that alert house guests to seek shelter. They sounded twice during the first week of use.

In one instance, contestants were seen scrambling throughout the house and into the safe area.

It's a clear relaxing of the rules that normally cut off contestants from the outside world -- but clearly a necessary change.   

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'Big Brother'

Jocasta's Sister RIPS Frankie

For 'Go Kill Yourself' Comment

7/29/2014 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The sister of "Big Brother" contestant Jocasta Odom is tearing cast member Frankie Grande to shreds ... for saying Jocasta "can kill herself."

Frankie's back stab stung hard ... because Jocasta -- a pastor -- just performed a memorial service for his recently deceased grandfather.

Maranda Chelsea, Jocasta's sis, tells TMZ, "It was an ignorant statement and the little respect I had for him just went out the window."  And the parting shot, "It shows the lack of maturity he has."

Miranda isn't the only one pissed off -- so are the fans ... @JrAguja1997 tweeted "I don't f**king care if your sister sings good, you're a s**tty person Frankie. Calling Jocasta to kill herself. Argh."

Whatever sympathy Frankie had built up this past week has now quickly gone away ... and it only took 13 seconds of footage to do it.

'Big Brother' Contestant's G-Ma

There's No Curse

I'm Not in Fear For My Life

7/26/2014 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726-amber-borzotra-twitter-01People die in threes ... so the urban legend goes ... but the grandma of "Big Brother" contestant Amber Borzotra is fearless -- despite the fact grandparents of two other contestants died this week.

Producers broke the news to Frankie Grande -- Ariana's bro -- about their beloved grandpa.  And Friday night house guest Derrick Levasseur got similar bad news.

Nonetheless ... 64-year old Iris Beverly isn't nervous -- and same goes for her 67-year old husband.  She tells us, "We don't believe in curses, when God calls my name I will go."

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Beverly adds, "Them dying is a tough coincidence, but he stays healthy walking and I'm a professional piddler."

We made calls to the grandparents of some of the other contestants, but there was no answer.

Fingers crossed.

Big Brother

Quarantine Broken Again …

Derrick's Grandpa Dies

7/25/2014 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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For the second time in days, a "Big Brother" houseguest got shocking news from the outside world about a family member's death -- this time it was Derrick Levasseur's grandfather.

On tonight's live feed, houseguest Derrick was handed a note from producers -- like Frankie Grande on Wednesday evening -- and learned of the death in his family.

It's eerie … Derrick purposely lost the Head of Household competition on Thursday so Frankie would get a chance to see photos of his grandfather who died on Tuesday.

Derrick shared his news with Frankie in the house tonight … and said his family isn't as close. He said he wasn't planning to leave the house for the funeral on Sunday.

As we told you … it is extremely rare for producers to break the 'BB' house quarantine even once in a season.

'Big Brother'

Former Contestants Split

Over Telling Frankie

7/24/2014 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Big Brother Frankie Grande Grandpa Death"Big Brother" showdown:  2 former, famous contestants squaring off over whether producers should have told Frankie Grande about his grandfather's death.

RACHEL REILLY, Winner, Season 13.  Producers had an obligation to tell Frankie.  Death trumps show rules.  


SPENCER CLAWSON
, Contestant, Season 15.  Horrible move by producers.  It opens Pandora's Box. What happens next ... say a contestant's son has to be put under anesthesia.  Tell or don't tell?

Watch the video.  They actually both make compelling points.

So, we gotta ask ...

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