Another key player left the "Big Brother" house Thursday night, as big bad Russell got the boot by a unanimous 3-0 vote (the first unanimous vote of the season).
As always, TV MoJoe talked to "Brother" exec producer Allison Grodner right after tonight’s episode to get her thoughts on this week’s goings-on:
So why do you think Jeff went back on his final four deal with Russ?
He firmly believes that, in order to win this game, he needed to strike now. He felt Russ was the biggest threat physically. That’s why he struck at Jessie.
But there’s a big risk….
He chose to trust two people who’ve never had his interests at heart, over Russell.
I think he thought (Kevin and Natalie) weren’t strong competitors.
Let’s talk about the harsh words between Jeff and Russ. Did you have to warn them their talk was getting too tough?
They know the rules and they both know the line. They were both told that they needed to watch out for the line. They obeyed the rules.
Are you worried what might happen if Jeff ends up in the jury house?
There could be conflict if Jeff arrived. But I don’t think it would get violent.
Let’s say Kevin or Natalie win HOH. Do you think they’ll go after Jeff?
Probably. The only doubt would be how (they) decide to do it. There’s a possibility they do the old backdoor and put up Jordan and Michelle.
Do you think Kevin should have considered aligning with Russ and Michelle to vote out Natalie?
I think that would have been amazing for him to do that.. It would have been an awesome move.
So what’s this secret HOH door we saw Thursday?
I’m gonna tease. There is a secret door that will weigh into the HOH. It’s something we’ve had planned for a while. I wouldn’t call it a power. It’s just something that’s been added to the HOH’s (responsibility).
Can you confirm what will happen if there’s a tie at the end of the game? How will you break it?
If you go back to "Big Brother" history, all the way to season two, it’s always been the same.
Viewers get to break the tie?
Yup. We’re going to announce it soon.
CBS confirmed last week that this year’s finale will be two hours. Are you happy about that?
Sure. We’ve usually had to squeeze a lot of material in at the end. Now we’ll be able to have more time for the first four houseguests (who didn’t go to jury) to reveal secrets. And we’ll be able to ask some really good questions. We’re excited to give this season its due.