*Caution: Spoilers Ahead*
Monday’s all-new Celebrity Big Brother was jam-packed with surprising twists as the remaining houseguests duked it out, but when the dust settled, it was Metta World Peace who finally got evicted — and he couldn’t be more relieved.
Speaking with ET’s Brice Sander after the live eviction ceremony, Metta explained how he’s been hoping to go home since the show began.
“When I first got sequestered and got into the house, it was tough. I didn’t think I would be able to deal with it,” Metta shared.
His eviction came after an exciting episode in which the Big Brother houseguests battled one another in a live Power of Veto competition — with a twist.
While Ross Mathews and Brandi Glanville found themselves on the chopping block at the start of the episode, after being nominated for elimination by Head of Household Omarosa Manigault, the contestants were informed that the winner of the Power of Veto competition would receive a special Veto ability — the so-called VIP Veto — which would allow them two veto votes instead of one.
After a heated competition — which involved putting together a visual puzzle as fast as possible — Ross came out the winner. As expected, he used one of his vetos to save himself, then decided not to save Brandi and to not use his other veto.
To replace Ross, Omarosa finally gave Metta what he’s been wanting since the beginning and put him up for eviction.
After Metta’s emotional plea to his fellow housemates to vote him out because he missed his family, the others heeded his request and voted 4-0 to oust the former NBA star.
“I could have stuck it out, I had my allies. I made some really good relationships… but it was so hard,” Metta told ET, adding that he “would do it again,” but that he “was not prepared” for how hard the show would be for him.
Now that he’s out of the house, Metta says he’s excited about getting to spend some time with his family.
“The first thing I’m gonna do is call my children –on my way to see my children — and then I’m gonna call my wife,” Metta said, smiling broadly.
As for the remaining contestants, Metta says he would “like to see the women win,” but if he had to guess who would come out on top, he’d have to say Ross.
While Metta said he made life-long friends with everyone in the house, there was one particular friend that he said really got him through his bouts of loneliness — his stuffed owl, Orwell, who he decided to take with him when he left.
Metta reflected on his adorable relationship with Orwell while cradling the stuffed owl, and explained how the plush toy let him cope when he was struggling with missing his wife and kids.
“We only had so many things in the house to do, and when you’re home at the Big Brother house, missing your family, I had no one to hold,” said Metta, who explained how he’d cuddle Orwell at night when he was wishing he could be with his wife.
“This owl got me through a lot of days.”
Check out Celebrity Big Brother when it returns on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Shannon Elizabeth already misses the Celebrity Big Brother house!
ET caught up with the 44-year-old actress just moments after her live elimination from the CBS show on Friday, where she got candid about being the third contestant booted off.
“I didn’t want to be here,” Shannon explained to ET’s Brice Sander, alluding to the fact that she was hoping she would still be in the house, playing the game. “They just — they all turned on me. They all stabbed me in the back, and they saw me as a threat. Unfortunately, some of them actually don’t know the game, and I think I could have been a really good ally. The offer I made to them was gold and they still didn’t take it, so… good luck to them!”
The former American Pie star said that the fast-moving pace of the game “definitely impacted” how she decided to play.
“Normally in a real season, I would have thrown the first bunch of competitions — I never would have come out swinging,” she said. “But because it was going so fast … my boyfriend and I talked long about strategy and he’s like, ‘You need to go for it because maybe it will give you a chance, in the beginning, to create those alliances if you’re the first head of household, because it’s a short season.’ So, I tried! It just didn’t… that [gift bag] twist messed me up, too, for sure.”
Shannon, a longtime fan of Big Brother, said that although she came into the game with some insight, there were still some surprises “in terms of how hard it is from the inside to figure out what’s going on.”
“As far as the teams and the strategy and what’s happening behind your back and how hard it is to change a conversation when someone walks in,” she explained. “Like, we always talked about, ‘OK, have another conversation ready so when somebody enters the room, you just switch to it.’ But that was really hard and I didn’t do very good with it and nobody did good with it, so you get very paranoid every time you walk in any room. Or I would talk to somebody as a friend, just, like, not even talking game, and somebody would see it and think, ‘Oh, they’re talking game, they must be aligned.’ So, it’s like, ‘Ah! You cant talk to anybody in here.’ How are you supposed to be friends with anybody? So, that was really difficult.”
Midway through our interview, we revealed to Shannon that she had one vote in her favor: Brandi Glanville.
“Oh really?” Shannon reacted, seemingly surprised by the vote. “OK, interesting. Well, I guess she was… I figured they’re just lobbying for the jury vote at this point. Somebody must have said something because they weren’t thinking about it much, until now.”
Now that Shannon has been evicted from the house, we, of course, had to ask her who she thinks could take it all, if she were to make her final vote right now. “Metta World Peace,” she exclaimed. “Metta’s an awesome guy. He was my friend in the house. He stayed out of all the backstabbing and controversy and he’s just a really good man, you know? He’s a really good person.”
Shannon will still get to place her vote at the end of the season but still hasn’t decided yet on what exactly she’ll be looking for as the remaining contestants continue to play the game, while she watches at home.
“Some of it will be gameplay, strategy, see if somebody’s really calling the shots and making moves,” she revealed. “Some of it might be emotional. It really depends who the final two are, you know? I don’t know yet. Because I’ve seen people vote for various reasons, and I wanna watch everything before I decide what I’m gonna do.”
Well said, Shannon!
Celebrity Big Brother airs on CBS.
Monday’s live Celebrity Big Brother had more twists, turns, double crosses and backstabs than you could even keep up with, but when it came down to who would get eliminated from the game, Keshia Knight Pulliam ended up making a very convincing case for herself to get sent home.
The former Cosby Show star, who was nominated for eviction alongside Omarosa Manigault, made a tearful plea to her fellow houseguests to vote for her to leave because of how badly she missed her 1-year-old daughter, Ella, and how she needed to return home to nurse her.
“I was ready to stay and fight but my breast milk supply has kind of been getting a little less. They asked me honestly and I was like, ‘You know, to tell you the truth, since you guys put me up on the block anyway, it’s time for me to go home,” Pulliam told ET’s Brice Sander hours after the live eviction. “It’s time for me to make sure that Ella’s OK, ’cause she is my priority.”
Pulliam, 38, got deeply emotional while pleading with her fellow houseguests to vote for her, and in the end every one of them unanimously heeded her request, which the actress said she made her feel “so grateful and so appreciative.”
However, now that she’s going to get to reunite with her little girl, Pulliam says the first thing she she’s going to do is “give her the biggest hug and kiss imaginable.”
“I just can’t wait to hold her in my arms all night and she can have as many booby snacks as long and as often as she desires,” Pulliam said, laughing.
While she was making a convincing case for the houseguests to vote for her, Pulliam didn’t miss an opportunity to make a few last-minute plays that could change the way the game continues in the coming days.
Speaking with James Maslow, Pulliam revealed that it was Shannon Elizabeth — whom Maslow has formed a strong alliance with — who was trying to get him kicked out. The remarks served as a warning to the house about just how manipulative Elizabeth has been since the start of the season.
“I made that statement because Shannon is really wreaking havoc in the house,” Pulliam explained to ET. “She is telling so many lies to so many different people. And I get it’s Big Brother, but I feel like you also have to be accountable for what you do and I had nothing to lose… I had no advantage to giving him that information. So I hope that he heeds the warning because he’s kind of teamed up with her and he has no clue what’s in [store] for him.”
While Elizabeth has been pulling a lot of the strings thus far this season, her machinations have slowly begun to come to light and there was a plan being put in place by some houseguests to put Elizabeth on the chopping block, however it didn’t come to fruition.
“I wanted to give them the ammunition that they need to get Shannon out,” Pulliam shared. “Because, if they don’t, Shannon is going to bulldoze over every last one of them and they won’t even see it coming.”
One aspect of her time on the show that drew the most attention was her friendship with Manigault. After an uneasy confrontation — in which Pulliam and Manigault argued over their respective friendships with Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump — the two bonded and formed an alliance they called Black Girl Magic. And while she’s no longer on the show, Pulliam says their friendship will never be broken up.
“I was really excited to be able to meet someone who I had such a very different perspective of and get to know her heart and get to see a very different side of her,” she reflected. “She’s a tough woman and she’s accomplished a whole lot in her life, and I’m really grateful and I’m happy to see the journey and the transition that she has made.”
“We’re always evolving we’re always growing, we’re always changing and she seems to have really learned a lot and its helped kind of set her moral compass and just her compass in terms of things outside her and her greater responsibility as a woman on this planet,” Pulliam added. “So I’m happy for her for that.”
In the end, Pulliam said she had no regrets about her time on the show, explaining, “I’m really proud of myself for getting in there. I’m very proud of myself for maintaining my integrity.”
“I wanted to be impeccable with my word, I wanted to always do my best. I did not want to make assumptions and I wanted to not take anything personally,” she said, explaining her dedication to spiritual philosopher Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. “I really felt that I stuck with that and didn’t allow the chaos and the changing dynamics and all of the personalities and the paranoia to take me from my center. I trusted my intuition.”
Celebrity Big Brother returns on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.